Paddington class minibus adventure.

The children in Paddington class were very excited today as it was finally their turn to go to Forest School on the minibus. We also added a bit of festive cheer to their journey with some Christmas songs to sing along to and Miss Birch even decorated the minibus with tinsel!

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We visited Hunsbury Hill Country Park which had a brilliant play area for us to explore whilst waiting for the minibus to do two trips with all of the children.

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Once we we had all arrived we went on an adventure to find our new Forest School site. We had to balance along narrow high pathways, slide down muddy slopes and then walk through the roots of huge trees.

To help us learn our new boundaries in a larger woodland area we played games together such as 1,2,3….where are you?

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The children really enjoyed exploring the new woodland area and couldn’t wait to start building dens and climbing trees!

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We all had a fantastic time at Forest School today, and I know the children are really looking forward to exploring the woodland more at Hunsbury Hill Country Park.

Matilda class minibus adventure.

Matilda class couldn’t contain their excitement today as it was our first trip out on the minibus for Forest School.

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We drove to Hunsbury Hill Country Park and went on an adventure to find our new Forest School site. We had to walk along high narrow tracks, down steep muddy slopes and through the roots of huge trees, it was very exciting!

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It was all worth it when we got to the entrance of our new Forest School site and the children couldn’t wait to start exploring.

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We spent time together exploring our new site and learning our new boundaries by playing games such as ‘1,2,3….where are you?’

The children have told me they are looking forward to going back next time and enjoyed their first trip out on our new school minibus 🙂

Simba class Superworm hunt!

Today at Forest School the children listened to the story ‘ superworm ‘ by Julia Donaldson.

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This story inspired some of the children to use the Minibeast hunt kit to try and find superworm and his friends. They used the books and identity charts to find out more about the insects, and spent a long time looking with magnifying glasses and collection pots. Some boys found snail trails up a tree which they enjoyed following with their sticks. The girls were also very excited and proud to show me when they actually found  superworm!

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As well as searching for superworm and his friends today, the children also enjoyed making magic potions like wizard lizard, and used the magical ingredients with leaves and other things collected from the woodland floor. Here you can see the boys using the leaf identity charts to check which ingredients were in their magic potion.

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Well done Simba class, what a busy and fun morning we had today at Forest School! 🙂

Stick Craft for Paddington Class

Forest School today started with a stick collecting competition. The class was split in half and the children worked together to find and collect as many sticks as we could ready for our craft activity.

Once we had collected lots of sticks we cut them into different lengths and put them in order to make a tree shape. We then stuck these sticks onto a lollipop stick to create a tree trunk. Over the next few weeks we will be adding to these stick creations to make a festive decoration for our Christmas tree at home.

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The children really enjoyed making these as we could all easily make them without much adult help. Maybe you could have a go at making some other stick crafts at home, what else could you make using sticks found in the woods?

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Gruffalo Wizards!

Today we listened to the story ‘Superworm’ by Julia Donaldson.

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This story inspired our play today at Forest School. We used the minibeast collection tools and identity charts to see if we could find superworm and his friends.

We also had a go at making magic potions like ‘Wizard Lizard’. Some of us decided to be kind wizards and make helpful magic potions, and some of us decided to be evil wizards and make dangerous potions!

The children really enjoyed searching for natural woodland ingredients and using the special magic ingredients, like mermaid tears, lizards snot and beetle juice. We then worked with our friends to mix up our potions in large pots and pans using our magic sticks.

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What magic potion would you make? Which ingredients would you use?