Busy afternoon for Matilda Class.

Matilda class came to Forest School this afternoon and had a busy time as Forest School explorers.

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On our walk into the woods we explored our footsteps by using a viewfinder foot outline and magnifying glasses. Some of the children were surprised to find small insects which they might have stepped on.

For the rest of the afternoon the children were happy and confident exploring the environment. They made dens, climbed on fallen branches, used trees for hanging upside down, and hunted for insects.

Some children decided to sit with me and learn some useful knots, such as the ‘overhand’ knot, a ‘figure of eight’ knot and a ’round turn and two half hitches’ knot. They felt a sense of achievement when they could successfully do the knot and enjoyed teaching their friends.

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Mrs Read 🙂

Gruffalo Class Minibus Adventure

We had a very exciting morning at Forest School today as it was our first time on the school minibus. All of the children were so excited to be travelling on the minibus for the first time.
We all went to explore Hunsbury Hill Country Park. The children enjoyed waiting for the second group to arrive on the bus with a play in the park. It was perfect for building our core body and upper arm strength for kinetic letters by challenging each other to get across the monkey bars!
To find our new Forest School area we had to go on a long journey through the woods. It involved balancing along high narrow paths, stepping carefully down steep slopes and navigating safely through a jungle of nettles…..it was such a long way we had to stop off at a fallen down tree for a drink and a biscuit 🙂
When we arrived we enjoyed exploring the woods. There were lots of big branches and fallen logs, perfect for making dens. Some of us also made a see-saw from two logs which was fun to play on with our friends. We talked about how we needed to make it even on both sides so that it could balance, and some children said it was like a double.
All of the children behaved very well and had a fantastic time. Well done Gruffalo class!

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Paddington class – careful footsteps and learning knots

This afternoon Paddington class came to Forest School.

We took a slow walk down to the woods stopping along the way to take a closer look at our footprints. The children used foot frames and magnifying glasses to explore the small area which would usually be under our feet. They were surprised to find more than just leaves, grass or mud under their footprints, with some children finding small insects which could have been stepped on had we not been careful.

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When at Forest School some of the children took the time to sit with me and learn some simple knots using ropes and long branches. We learnt the simple overhand knot, a figure of 8 knot, and a half hitch. Some of the children quickly picked up how to tie the different knots and enjoyed teaching their friends what to do.

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If you would like to practise your knots or learn some more, follow this link for some instructions: http://www.scoutactivitycentres.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/factsheetSimpleKnots.pdf

Well done Paddington class, you were fantastic explorers this afternoon!

Mrs Read 🙂