Paddington Class – Magical Potions

This afternoon at Forest School Paddington class were set a challenge by the woodland fairies to make magical potions. The fairies had supplied some rare magical ingredients, such as mermaid tears, lizards snot, squashed toads and unicorns blood for the children to add to their potions.

When looking for ingredients we came across some small wooden doors and hidden fairies. The children were very excited to gather ingredients from the woodland floor, which was covered with a beautiful selection of Autumn leaves, sticks, pine cones, berries, moss and grass.

They then mixed up their magical potions using a splash of the secret ingredients supplied by the fairies, and used their magical sticks to stir.

After mixing their potions some children decided to make a fairy village using the small wooden doors against the trees, and made pathways, gardens and swimming pools for the fairies to use!

Other children decided to make fires to cook their potions on in the big pans, and dens to sit inside to shelter from the rain.

I overheard some brilliant discussions about how much of each ingredient to add, what their potion might do, and when they might use it.

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What a magical afternoon, I hope you had fun Paddington class!

Mrs Read 🙂

Rainy Day for Simba Class

This morning was very wet for Simba class at Forest School. But that didn’t stop us, as we all had our waterproofs and welly boots to keep us warm and dry.

We took lots of different sized containers, jugs, pots and funnels to the woods in school and our challenge was to catch the rain!

The children quickly found ways to shake the rain drops from the trees, and worked in teams to collect more. We then added a little bit of powder paint to our raindrops to see what colours we could mix. We thought carefully about what colours we could make to match the Autumn leaves.

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Matilda Class – Fairy Friends

This afternoon at Forest School Matilda class we greeted by some woodland fairies. They had a challenge for the children to make magical potions. The fairies had supplied some magical ingredients, such as mermaid tears, lizards snot, squashed toads and unicorns blood, however they were hidden around the woods.

When looking for the ingredients we came across some small wooden doors and hidden fairies. The children were very excited to gather ingredients from the woodland floor, which was covered with a beautiful selection of Autumn leaves, sticks, pine cones, berries, moss and grass. They then mixed up their magical potions using a splash of the secret ingredients supplied by the fairies, and used their magical sticks to stir.

After mixing their potions some children decided to make a fairy village using the small wooden doors against the trees, and made pathways, gardens and swimming pools for the fairies to use!

Other children decided to make fires to cook their potions on in the big pans, and dens to sit inside to shelter from the rain.

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What a busy and magical afternoon we had at Forest School. I hope you had fun Matilda class!

Mrs Read 🙂

Gruffalo Autumn Leaves

This morning at Forest School Gruffalo class continued to learn our new rules and explore the school woods within our boundaries.

We focused on leaves today whilst thinking and talking about Autumn. Some children decided to use the sticky collection leaves to find and collect the fallen Autumn leaves. We made an outside display by pegging them on the fence and all of the children enjoyed looking at them. We also collected leaves in our Autumn basket and had time to sit and look through the books.

We enjoyed feeling the leaves in our hands, looking at the different colours, and thought of some really good words to describe them. How would you describe an Autumn leaf?

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First Time at Forest School

Today it was the first time at Forest School for Simba class during the morning, and Wiggins class this afternoon. Luckily Paddington class were also at Forest School this afternoon though so could help Wiggins class learn the rules and show them what we do! 🙂

This morning Simba class enjoyed exploring the woods in our school grounds looking for leaves and learning about what we do at Forest School. As it looked like rain too, we also had a go at building some dens so we wouldn’t get wet!!

Then this afternoon Paddington and Wiggins class walked over to Grangewood Park. We collected leaves and fallen braches and used them to either make collage pictures of animals, hedgehog homes, or to make dens for ourselves. We were all enjoying the beautiful colours that Autumn brings, and were surprised at how many leaves had fallen from the trees. Some of the children enjoyed watching the leaves blow from the trees in the Autumn gusts, and tried to make more leaves fall by knocking the branches with longs sticks. The falling leaves were very tricky to catch!

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