Gruffalo and Matilda class have been to Forest School today, along with a few of the year 4 children who came to Forest School for the first time. All of the children have enjoyed an Easter Egg hunt, searching for brightly covered chocolate eggs hidden in the woods.
When we had found all of the eggs they were kept safely in the basket whilst we had a go at making a nest. Most of us worked together in small groups to make big nests to hold 3 or 4 of our Easter eggs, however some of us decided to work alone to make small nests to hold just one egg.
A few of the boys however decided to go one step further, and worked together to make a nest big enough to climb in themselves!!
Simba class came to Forest School this morning and were ready to explore!
We found an excellent climbing tree which the children couldn’t wait to climb. It was brilliant watching them overcome their fears and challenge themselves to climb higher each time. Also I enjoyed watching them support each other, offering words of advice as to where to go next placing their hands or feet, and general encouragement or praise.
Whilst exploring some of the children found an interesting insect, and were excited to show everyone. After a closer look we decided it was a very sleepy hornet who had just woken up after a very long sleep through the winter. The children were very calm and quiet around the hornet and we moved away to leave it alone for some peace and quiet.
If you would like to find out more about hornets, have a look here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/European_hornet
Paddington class came to Forest School this afternoon and were on the look out for new signs of spring.
In the area where we play the children spotted there were some new plants growing, which we guessed might be bluebells or daffodils, but we will have to wait and see!
We had a discussion about our forest school rules, one of which is not to pick things that are growing. Some of the children were worried the new plants may be trampled on as the children were playing and exploring. To solve this problem some children came up with a brilliant idea of how we could protect the area and use the branches and sticks to make a temporary fence.
The children worked well together as a team and had some good discussions about how best to build fence, measure it and improve it. I was very impressed with how caring the children were about the environment, well done Paddington Class 🙂
Gruffalo class in Reception and Matilda class in Year 1 came to Forest School today.
We spent some time looking around the woods for clues to hopefully find out more information about where Lady Arabella has disappeared to. The children used magnifying glasses and mirrors to help them look. Some children found different materials which they thought could have been from Lady Arabella’s dress, and some children found some hard silver material which they thought could be from Simon’s suit of armour.
We used natural materials found in the woods to make our own crowns. The children spent a long time looking for the right items to add to their crowns and enjoyed wearing their crowns in the woods. Some children also made magic wands using materials gathered from around the woods, they used them to cast magic spells to try and find Lady Arabella. I wonder if they will work?
Paddington class came to Forest School this afternoon and were set the challenge to try and find some clues in the woods as to where Lady Arabella may have disappeared to.
The children thought about what they might look for by first remembering the events of the banquet on Monday. They told me the figure who took Lady Arabella was wearing a black cloak, so we decided to look for any black material which may have caught on the trees, they also decided to try and find some footprints to see which way they may have gone.
Everyone set straight to work using magnifying glasses to take a closer look, and mirrors to look in unusual places. The children searched high and low, by kneeling down to look on the ground and by climbing trees to look higher up. It didn’t take long to find some clues!
We found a black glove (which we think could belong to the kidnapper), a fork (which may have come from the banquet), and a bottle (which the children thought may have contained some magical potion). The children also found lots of footprints, and black and white material caught on the trees.
The children decided that Lady Arabella may have been taken though the woods, but is far away now. Just incase she came back through, trying to find her way back to Simon de Senlis, a few children worked together to make some arrows on the floor using sticks to show her the way.
What clues did you find? What do you think has happened to Lady Arabella? Where could she be?