2015-2016

Reception

Session 1

We have to find the 3 twig and log stars that lead us into our site.

This was our first ever session in the forest! We found out how the kelly kettle works, played lots of games and explored our site. We really enjoyed the hot chocolate too.

Session 2
We are linking our sessions with Nick Butterworth's Percy the Park Keeper stories and this week we heard all about what happened 'After the Storm'. The forester gave us each an oak tree to plant around our site. Each bag in the photograph has 100 saplings in ready to plant! We played games and helped cheer up Ms Ford's mice by making them a cosy shelter!
Session 3
We met all of Percy the Park keeper's friends this week! We also had a treasure trail, discovering where each one lived.
Session 4
We had a great time in the forest, but our site has changed so much now that it is nearly summer - we hardly recognised it! We found out about the animals who live on or near our site that feature in Nick Butterworth's Percy books, made decorations from natural resources and made dancing sticks. We played a game where you had to creep really quietly to the centre of the circle - without being heard - then shake the bells! It was really difficult!

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Session 5
This session formed part of our work on mini beasts. We searched for, found and identified many different species. We loved the pill Millipedes! Later we made dancing sticks and enjoyed using them around our forest site.
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Session 6
We all worked in groups this week to make mini beast log pile houses.
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Session 7
This was our last session of this academic year and we spent the whole day at the site , not just the morning as we usually do. we could decide which activity and which games we wanted to play and at lunch time Darron and Ms Ford made us all hot dogs and haloumi chees on the camp fire. We really enjoyed all of the salad too!Enter text...

Year 1

Session 1
The Year 1's are back in the Forest this term. We're linking our work there to their topic - 'Ourselves and Senses'. We played listening games (we had to be blindfolded), and used our sense of sight to look for signs of Autumn. We even used our sense of smell when we examined some moss! We finished the session with den building. The Autumn light looked beautiful as it shone through the canopy.

Session 2

We had a great time up in the forest for session two. We noticed something a bit funny this time though... there were red marks on the trees that mean they are going to get chopped down!

This time we were thinking about our sense of sight. We played a game that had us using our eyes to find certain objects on the floor. Another fun activity we did was the 'frame game' where we had to use our eyes to describe what we saw to our partner, then they had to guess what it was. We love being up at the forest! 

Session 3
This week, because they are felling trees at our usual forest, we walked up to Soddy Gap. Our focus this week was our sense of touch. The first game we played involved us trying to describe what we felt in a bag to our friends. We had a little rest, and still managed to have hot chocolate even though we weren't at our usual site. After our break we played a game called 'dinosaur stomp' where a few of us were the T-Rex and we liked to eat the other dinosaurs' tails (they were just coloured belts really!). Some of us were lucky enough to have a go at the blind trail, where we had to use our sense of touch to feel along the rope and keep hold of our partner. Even though we weren't where we usually are, we had a fantastic time! 
Session 5
This week we were looking for Autumnal things that reminded us of this season. We used our Autumn things to make 'journey sticks', some people chose brown leaves and others chose pine cones and they stuck them to their sticks. 

We then went on a journey around the forest, we took our 'journey sticks' of course and we set off looking for signs of Autumn. 
After our long walk, and our usual hot chocolate, we thought about how Autumn is nearly over and what we saw on our journey. We then used wood slices and drew on an Autumn picture, like Autumn leaves, to remind us of Autumn.
We ended our morning with one of our favourite games, 123 come to me!
Session 6
We started Forest School this week with an adventure! We went to find something exciting that Ms Ford wanted to show us, it was a tiny door! We didn't know what was behind the door, but we had a lot of fun trying to work it out! Some children thought it was a fairy door, others thought it was a door for elves. 
We decided to decorate our own doors, they were fantastic! Some children had fancy patterns, others drew flowers. We are going to choose our own tree next week to fix the doors too, so hopefully it will make some elf or fairy a lovely home!
We ended our morning by having a game of 'stuck in the mud' and some free time, we're trying to make the most of it seeing as it's our last day in the forest next week! 
Session 7
Well that's it, Class 3 has finished Forest School for the year, but what a fantastic final session we had!
We made gardens for our fantastic fairy doors, they were brilliant! Some children made paths, others used moss to make a garden and one child used tiny twigs to make a 'camp fire'. 
Ms Ford even found some magic powder that we could sprinkle over the doors, to help the Fairies or Elves move in. There are going to be some very happy Elves and Fairies in some brand new homes! 

Year 2

Session 1
All of our sessions this half term are linked to our class topic - Explorers. We used tarpaulins to make a shelter with. We had to make it waterproof and strong enough to sleep in. We all used the loppers to cut a length of wood to take home, along with some string, to practise our knots on.

Session 2
When we arrived at Forest School we found a trail had been set ready for us to follow. We found treasure at the end! We then made our own trails using natural resources and had to follow each others to find the treasure. We played a blindfold game to remind us how quiet naturalist explorers have to be.
Session 3
In our last session on explorers we actually went off exploring the forest! We looked at all of the things Ms Ford had in her big rucksack ready to take us on a mini exploration in the forest. We found out what materials things were made from. We lit a fire and had hot chocolate.
Session 4
It was cold and frosty in the forest when we were looking for signs of Spring - not too many at the moment!
Session 5
This was our first session about habitats. We did lots of sketches about the things we could see around the site.
Session 6
We became 'Forest School Researchers' this week and used our field sketch books to draw habitats. We looked at how different animals and plants live and grow in different places.
Session 7
Our last visit! We were joined by a teacher from Paddle school and one of our friends from the Rotary Club. We looked at Habitats, made a mouse house, matched animals and plants to their habitats and ended by playing a favourite game - squirrels and raiders. We have really enjoyed our turn at Forest School - thank you Miss Ford, Mrs Davis and Mr Cookson.

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