The third and final group had their much anticipated first Forest School session on Friday. They had so much fun building dens and making popcorn on the fire! They are all looking forward to next week already.
At Forest School today, we had the best time sorting out the vegetable patches! We found worms, centipedes and even potatoes! The children got very muddy learning all about how to identify weeds and flowering plants. They all had an amazing time and really enjoyed themselves! Please remember your child needs to have appropriate outdoor clothing that can get muddy.
We had a wonderful time today at forest school. We had to show perseverance and team work to create a shelter or a den using only sticks! Miss Cornwall was super impressed by such fantastic collaboration. We are looking forward to seeing if our shelters survive!
We warmed up with a hot chocolate and marshmallow!
Enjoy the photos.
Today, our group of forest school children had a fantastic time despite the rain! They showed incredible team work skills to design, plan and create the biggest sculpture or den out of sticks only. We are really looking forward to seeing if they are still standing next week!
We also cleaned out the animals and had a cuddle with Charlotte the chicken.
We warmed up with a nice hot chocolate and giant marshmallow.
On Friday, the children brought a vegetable of their choice in order to create a stew! The children peeled, chopped and prepared the veg before adding it to the dutch oven over the camp fire. We also wrapped corn on the cob in tin foil and Mrs Rowe supported the children with making some flat breads!
Whilst the stew was cooking, the children had the opportunity to develop their forest school skills and those who learnt how to make fires last week taught the other children. It was wonderful to see these skills being passed on from child to child. The children also cleaned out the animals and then settled down for some tasty grub!
We had so much fun at forest school this week! The children made their own vegetable stew with bread and corn on the cob as side dishes!
First we chopped the onions and leeks and fried them off in the dutch oven.
Then we added a bit of flour to thicken and the stock.
Next we added all our chopped veg and added more water.
Finally it all went on the fire and it cooked away for about 40 minutes.
Some of the children knocked up some dough and prepared some mini flat breads. We realised these tasted amazing dipped into the stew!
Whilst the stew was cooking, the children chose some forest school skills to develop.
This half term the children have been learning how to create their own fires. They have explored how a fire is started and what it needs to continue to burn. They have collected their own fuel and practised perseverance when using the fire steels to create a spark!
The successful teams got to roast a marshmallow on their own mini fires.
The year 3's have also been learning about the animals and have been looking after them with Mrs Rowe.
The year 3's have also created their own clay and stick animals. We always start each session with a circle time. This week the children had to compare themselves to an animal. They then made these animals!
The new year 4 group started last week and we started the session with our circle time. The children sat around the fire and talked about how they were feeling, how their day was going and if they were looking forward to anything. Forest School approaches learning holistically so talking about emotions is very important!
We learnt about fire safety and how to build fires. The children build a bridge of thin kindling and then used cotton wool to get the fire going. We saw some fabulous team work and perseverance. The children finished the session with some marshmallow roasting. As you can see from the photos, we got very sticky!