Forest School sessions will run on a Wednesday afternoon in year 1, the same group of 10 children will go outside every Wednesday for a whole term. The children will take part in a range of activities and even get the chance to use tools and make a fire!
This Forest Schools group will be taking place until December 13th.
This week was our first week doing Forest Schools! We were very excited! We made our way outside and had a game of '1,2,3 where are you?!' we hid in the trees and behind hills, we took it in turns to count and helped our friends to find the rest of the group! Miss Housley told us about a special tree that grows in our school, we went on a journey to find it, when we got there she told us it is called the 'Friendship tree'! We all told the friendship tree how we were feeling and put something down to show how we felt. Miss Housley then told us the story out the very sneezy dragon, he had sneezed so hard he blew down all our little friends houses! We helped to build them new home, some of us made swards and painted trees with mud to scare the dragon off! We really enjoyed our first Forest Schools session!
This week in Forest Schools we continued our adventures with the very sneezy dragon! We started by talking about last week, we each found an item that was special to us and reminded us of last week; we took some time to talk to each other about what we chose. We then played a few games to get us warmed up; we played 'duck, duck, goose', 'stuck in the mud' and 'vanish' where we had to hide in less than 10 seconds! We then played a game called 'meet a tree' where we took a friend to find a tree, we looked at the tree, talked about it and some of us had a go at climbing it! When we were playing 'meet a tree' we heard the sneezy dragon fly past! We sneezed to scare him off and followed some clues which led us to the friendship tree, there we found a letter from the sneezy dragon! It said he was very sorry for what he did last week and he asked us to help him stop sneezing! We decided to make him a magic potion, we used lots of different things; mud, sticks, leafs and flowers to make our potions, we hope it works!
This week in Forest Schools we continued to help our friend the Sneezy Dragon! We started off by playing some new games where we had to work as a team! First we played a game called 'fire' where we were woodlands animals who had to try and get past the fire, we had to work as a team to find out the best way to do it. We then played a game called 'predator and prey' where the prey had to hide quietly and the predators had to work together to find them! We then found a letter from the Sneezy Dragon telling us that now he has stopped sneezing he can't fly! We worked together to build him a new home for him until he can fly again.
This week in Forest Schools we played lots of different games which involved working as a team! First we had to sort ourselves out in order of age, height and names; but without talking or looking! This was very tricky but we were proud of ourselves in the end. We then played a game called the 'human knot' where we all linked arms and had to try and stand up without breaking the chain! We had a go at this in pairs too, it was very funny! We then had a sing song together, we enjoyed making some music with some natural objects, some of us even performed our songs!
Amy shared her song with the group
Grace shared hers too!
This week in Forest School's we explored mini-beasts! We played a game called 'Ants in a line' where we all pretended to be ants! We had to crawl or walk in a line like ants and follow the person in front carefully, we collected leaves and put them in a pile like ants do, we took it in turns to be the lead ant! We then had some time to make up a game about mini-beasts, Skye had a great idea and we all played her game 'Lady birds and eagles' it was lots of fun! We then explored the area and hunted for mini-beasts, after a hot chocolate break we spoke about what 'natural' and 'unnatural' objects are. We then had chance to make mini-beast artwork or make houses for mini-beasts, lots of children made homes for the mini-beasts whilst other children carried on hunting for them!
This week in Forest Schools we found a map from our little friends! The map told us the way to the Enchanted Forest; we had to work together to follow the map very carefully, as it was very tricky! We had to climb over hills, jump over tree roots and crawl under low branches. When we got to the Enchanted Forest we listened to the story of our little friends; they traveled to the Enchanted Forest to try and stop the sneezy dragon! On the way they met fairies, trolls and a wise old wizard! After the story some children chose to make a magic wand like the wizard's, some children cast spells with their wands too! Some other children pretended to go on the journey and pretended to be the different characters!
This week in Forest Schools we made a leaf pile and all had a go at jumping in it! We then went to the story circle to share stories, we took it in turns to sit in the arm chair and tell their story! Then some children role played the stories they had told!
We threw the leafs in the air!
Georgee told a story!
Skye told a story!
This week in Forest Schools we found a letter from our little friends! It told us that it was the sneezy dragons Birthday, and they wanted to throw him a birthday party, but they needed our help! We worked together to make the dragon a birthday cake, we decorated the forest by making a banner that said 'happy birthday' and we decorated the trees. We then made some party hats and played some party games!