New to year 5 & 6 is an additional term of Forest School this year. We have decided to stay local (from experience, the river will often flood during this term which makes getting to the Forest School site difficult). We have 3 additional sessions this term 13/1/17, 20/1/17 and 10/2/16.
Our first 2 sessions we have worked in groups, rotating the following week. Activity 1: Making orange bird feeders by cutting an orange in half, scooping out the orange, threading string through and filling with a birdseed mix of seed, oats, currants, biscuits and bound together with melted lard. These were left to set and then hung in the trees for the birds to enjoy their yummy snack. Activity 2: Making tree cookies by using the saw to cut a slice of hazel wood, drill a hole and thread string/wool through. The cookies were then decorated by the children.
Today (18/11/16) we switched groups to complete our learning. Mrs Wake and Mrs Campbell’s group made stars securing with figure of eight knots and Mrs Field’s group used the kelly kettle to heat water for hot chocolate. We were all able to remember the key ingredients to make fire and produced sparks using the fire key. Thank you also to Georgina (who joined us from DGS) for all you help this afternoon.
Today (4/11/16) during Forest School we have begun to build our bug hotel. During Forest School Year 5 and 6 have begun to transform the old pallets into a bug hotel.
Working together, they needed to saw old guttering and pipes to the correct length. Using the secateurs they cut willow to the correct length and placed this along with bark mulch, moss and leaves into the guttering and pipes before adding these into the pallets. As you can see levels one and two have been completed – hopefully some creatures will move in soon!