This week we planted trees to fill in some of the gaps in the new hedge. Do you remember that really long spell of hot sunny weather we had last year? Unfortunately, despite our best efforts to water the trees, some of them died. So we got some new saplings free from The Woodland Trust to replace them.
Some of the children used sticks, grass and stones to make nests. I think they did a great job.
On Tuesday it was the younger children’s turn to toast marshmallows. The children were all able to recall the ways to keep safe and what to do in an emergency. We learnt about the fire triangle. This tells us the three things a fire needs to stay burning. If you find out what the three things are come and find me to tell me!
On Thursday the weather was cold, windy and wet. So, we made a shelter and drank hot chocolate to keep warm. I was really impressed with the way the children worked together.
There was so much going on in Forest School this week. The children are now familiar with the rules, the area and each other. This has given them the confidence to try out different things independently and they have been supporting each other.
Playing games like hide and seek helps to build trust and supports children to follow rules.
Building stone towers takes perseverance, concentration and good fine motor skills. It is a great mindfulness activity and is also very satisfying and rewarding.
Finding insects involved working as team, sharing resources and develops respect for all living things.
Building a den and then sitting in it to drink hot chocolate and share our feelings about the session,
Using a bow saw is another activity that is good for mindfulness, you have to concentrate only on what you are doing.
Using natural resources to make objects (a nest) or pieces of art.
On Monday an author called John Dougherty came to visit. He read us his funny book called ‘There’s a Pig up my Nose!’ He also played his guitar and sang about the story whilst we joined in with the sound effects. It was great fun. Lots of us would like to be authors when we grow up.
We love books 🙂
On World Book Day we dressed up as our favourite book characters and Year 2 came to Nursery to read with us. We enjoyed looking at books and reciting the story of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ together.
On Friday our parents came in for a reading workshop. We listened to ‘Chicken Lickin’ and showed our parents how good we are at joining in with the repeating phrases. Then our mums and dads helped us make Chicken Licken stick puppets to take home. We then chose a book to read with our parents .
This week a new group of children started Forest School sessions. We played some games to establish how to keep safe during Forest School sessions and also to help us learn each other’s names.
We then did a team building challenge, the children had to stand on a tarpaulin and, without their feet touching the grass, they had to flip the tarpaulin over. I was really impressed with how the children listened to each other and managed to achieve the task without any support from me.
Some children spent some time climbing trees.
Two girls were eager to learn how to peel the bark from a stick using the potato peelers.
We could hear some birds in the trees, so some children used the binoculars and ID sheet to try and identify what type of birds they were. We saw blue tits and magpies.
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