Today was a lovely sunny day, perfect for a walk down to Grangewood park to look at the bluebell blanket across the woodland floor.
Simba class came first this morning, and we took a slow walk through the bluebells, stopping to take a closer look and to smell the flowers. Once at Forest School, the children enjoyed looking for more bluebells and found some magical fairy doors hidden in the trees. Some of us think the arrival of bluebells may have turned the woods into an enchanted magical place for the fairies to visit. Back at school we had a look at this article and photo: Fairy caught on camera. What do you think?
This afternoon Paddington class came to Forest School and also enjoyed a slow walk through the bluebells to take a closer look and to think of words to describe them to our friends. We talked about the shapes and colours we could see, and had a go at naming the different parts of a flower. Then when at our Forest School site, I set all of the children a challenge to sit and look closely at the bluebells to do an observational drawing with labels to show the different parts of a flower.
All of the adults were very impressed with the children’s pictures, which they took their time with to ensure they added the correct details and represented the true beauty of the bluebell. Well done Paddington Class!
Thank you for a lovely day admiring the bluebells Simba and Paddington class!
Mrs Read 🙂
This week it was the turn of Matilda class to come to Forest School and explore the bird themed activities.
Lots of children decided to make bird nest paper plate collage pictures, and many children also decided to make their own balance scale bird feeders to hang in the trees. The tricky challenge with the bird feeders was to make them balance with bird seed so that if two birds came to eat, they would both have an equal amount. A small group of children found lots and lots of wriggly worms. We talked about how birds look for worms and eat them too.
As well as making their own balance scales, the children enjoyed exploring the large wooden balance scales, placing pine cones in the buckets to make one side heavy or light or both sides the same. It was tricky to make it balance, and we had some good discussions about why the same number of cones in each side may not always balance.
Some children also enjoyed using the colour charts to find the different colours of Spring around the woods. When having a closer look, a few of us were surprised at how many different colours we could find!
Today at Forest School we talked about the signs of Spring and birds that might live in the woods. The children were set two challenges with a bird theme.
Our first challenge was to make a balance scale using the materials provided. The children had bird seed to use to test if their balance scale worked and had an extra challenge of making it equal on both sides. Lots of children used the branches of trees to hang their scales, with some deciding to also make bird feeders using the pots and bird seed. This activity prompted some great discussion about measuring accurately, and provided some brilliant problem solving and team work!
The second challenge was to make a collage picture of a bird nest using materials collected from around the woods. The children all thought very carefully about what a bird might need for his nest, and paid close attention to the details of their pictures.
Well done Paddington class, an enjoyable afternoon for everyone!
Mrs Read 🙂