Gruffalo class bird spotting – Woodpeckers

This morning on our walk to Forest School, Gruffalo class stopped to listen quietly to see what we could hear.

At first we could hear lots of birds singing, then the longer we listened for, the more we could hear, and soon we could hear a tapping noise on the trees.

All of the children were very good at keeping quiet, and we showed thumbs up each time we heard the sound. It was like an animal was knocking on the trees.

We talked about how it was probably a woodpecker. However we didn’t get to see what it looked like, we could only hear the sound.

If you would like to find out more about woodpeckers, and see some photos, follow this link below:

http://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/discoverandlearn/birdguide/families/woodpeckers.aspx

Matilda Class – Easter Nests.

This week Matilda class and Wiggins class came to Forest School and had a special treat with an Easter egg hunt. We were all very ‘egg’cited! 🙂

36 eggs were hidden in the woods, however only 27 eggs and one wrapper was found….it’s a mystery! Can you work out how many eggs are still missing?

Once we had a basket full of chocolate eggs though, our challenge was to make a nest suitable to hold them. Some of us worked alone whilst others worked with friends. We all thought carefully about the location of our nests and the materials we needed to collect from around the woods to keep the eggs safe and warm!

When our nests were built we tested them by placing the eggs carefully inside. Then as our reward, we were allowed to eat them. Luckily Mrs Read was prepared and had brought extra eggs so that everyone could have one each, even though some are still lost in the woods! Will they ever be found?

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Happy Easter Everyone!

Mrs Read 🙂

 

Paddington Class – Easter Nests

As a special treat at Forest School today, lots of little chocolate eggs had been hidden around the woods. Our first challenge was to find them!

When we had found all of the eggs, they were put safely in Mrs Read’s basket until we had made our own nests to protect them. We talked about how birds make nests in the Spring to protect their eggs. We discussed what materials the birds might use, and the location they would choose to build their nests.

With this all in mind the children worked together in small groups to make their own nests ready for their own chocolate eggs. The children all worked well together and thought of their own ideas about how best to design and make their nests.

I was very impressed with the thought put in to the location of the nests, with some children building their nests up high in the trees between branches, and others building them under bushes for shelter. The children also thought carefully about collecting the right size twigs and softer materials for inside the nests to make them cosy.

Well done Paddington class, ‘egg’cellent work! 🙂

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Simba’s Searching for Spring

This morning at Forest School Simba class were searching for signs of Spring.

We had Spring checklists to help us know what to look for and managed to tick lots of things off.

Just on our walk to the woods we spotted lots of daffodils growing in peoples gardens, and even a large bush with beautiful pink blossom. Then in the woods we found snowdrops and bluebells starting to grow. We stopped to listen to the birds singing and some children spotted nests high up in the trees.

When we were at Forest School we continued to look for signs of Spring, and hunted for insects too. We were all very gentle with the insects we did find, and used the books to help identify what they were.

Then on our walk back to school we spotted catkins growing in the trees. Mrs Read was at the front of the line explaining what they were and showed the children, however by the time the children at the back of the line were listening, it turned out we had found a kitkat on the tree!! Yummy! (This made us all laugh and showed us how a game of Chinese whispers can work!)

Thank you for a fun morning exploring the woods Simba class, Mrs Read 🙂

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