To inspire our exploration and learning this afternoon at Forest School, Paddington class listened to the story ‘Superworm’ by Julia Donaldson.

When we were at Forest School we played a game called ‘feeding the birds’ where we all pretended to be birds hunting for our dinner of worms, which were hidden around the woods. We learnt that a little bird needs a third of its body weight each day to survive, and that worms are not easy to find!

Where do you think the best place would be to find worms?

Then we had all of the equipment in the woods to make magic potions, just like Wizard Lizard from the story. We had magical ingredients to use such as ‘Lizards Snot’, ‘Mermaids Tears’, and ‘Squashed Toads’, as well as all of the extra ingredients we could collect around the woods. The children thought of some really imaginative ideas for what their potion might do, and were casting some brilliant magical spells.

Some of us also had a go at a craft activity using sticks and string to weave our own spiders web. We learnt about how spiders use webs to catch their dinner.

Where do you think would be the best place for a spider to make its web?

During our time at Forest School many of us noticed the first signs of Spring, as some snowdrops were starting to grow through the fallen leaves. We talked about how to identify a snowdrop so that we could spot more, and guessed which flowers might grow next.

Which flowers do you think we might spot on our next visit to Forest School?


Building Dens

Today Matilda class were very excited to come to Forest School on the minibus. We went to Hunsbury Hill Country Park and the children were set the challenge to make a shelter or a small den.

First we all talked together about how to build a den and safely move and place large logs and branches. The children all worked together really well in friendship groups, and soon had basic frames up to form the structure of their shelters.

Once the shelters were built, we discussed how we could improve them, either by adding more sticks to fill the gaps or by making them more waterproof or cosy inside. Some children decided to use the tarpaulin sheets to help, and placed these either on the floor to sit or lie on, or on the sides of their shelters to stop the wind and rain.

The children all thought of different uses for their shelters, some becoming homes, whilst others were stages for musical performances! At the end of the afternoon some children wanted to perform to the others, playing their musical instruments made in the woods and singing their favourite songs from their dens which provided a stage.

Well done Matilda class, what a fun and creative afternoon at Forest School!

Mrs Read 🙂