UFO – Forest School Investigations

This morning something very exciting happened at school, an Unidentified Fallen Object (UFO) was found on the school field. We are still only at the early stages of understanding what it could be and where it may have come from, so the investigations will continue in school.

At Forest School this afternoon all of the children in Paddington class were very excited about the UFO, and wanted to stay on the school site to explore and investigate the woods next to the crash site.

We used magnifying glasses and mirrors to take a closer look around the woods for clues. Mrs Read found a large silver box, which we think belongs to the UFO. We all decided to find things around the woods to add to the box and maybe send to wherever the UFO came from so that they can learn more about our environment.

The children spent a long time looking for natural objects and materials to add to their sticky paper and put in the silver box. Some decided to find as many different plants, flowers, sticks and leaves as possible, whilst others decided to focus on just leaves and see how many different ones they could find around our school woods.

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We were all surprised at how many different plants and natural objects we could find just in our small woods, and lots of the children found clues linked to the UFO landing and had many different ideas about what it was and where it had come from.

What do you think about today? Did you find anything in the woods?

I wonder what will happen next?

Mrs Read 🙂

The Four Seasons

Over the past couple of weeks at Forest School, Reception have been talking about the changes over the four seasons, thinking in particular about the weather, activities we might do, and the changes for plants and trees.

We have watched some videos and thought about our own experiences at Forest School over the seasons, and talked about the changes we could see around us.

All of the children were very good at naming the seasons and identifying the changes.

Can you name the seasons in the photo below? How do you know which season it is, what can you see?

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Which is your favourite season? Why?

My favourite season is Autumn, as I love to see the leaves change colour and then fall from the trees. I enjoy going for a walk through the crunchy leaves and like to look at the beautiful red, orange, yellow and brown colours.

Mrs Read 🙂

Matilda Class Walkabout

As part of their current topic ‘Lets go backpacking’, this afternoon at Forest School Matilda class were learning about Aboriginal tribes and how they explore the Australian outback and wilderness. We have learnt about how aboriginal teenagers would go on a long ‘walkabout’ by themselves in the Australian outback for as long as six months before they became men. As part of this walkabout they would create journey sticks, and attach items that reminded them of the places they had visited.

Today at Forest school we decided to go on our own walkabout around the woodland areas in East Hunsbury, and create our own journey sticks to tell the story of our walkabout. We worked together in groups and stopped at interesting points to add string, wool and natural items collected from the area to our journey sticks to help us remember where we had been and tell our story.

The children enjoyed hunting around for different items to attach to their journey sticks and had some good discussions about what different things represented. When we returned to school they could confidently use their journey sticks and recall the walkabout in detail.

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We were all very tired after our long walk, I’m not so sure we could all last six months like the Aboriginal teenagers!

Mrs Read 🙂

Paddington Class Walkabout

Year 1 are currently learning about Aboriginal tribes and exploring the Australian outback and wilderness through their topic ‘Lets go backpacking’. They have learnt about how aboriginal teenagers would go on a long ‘walkabout’ by themselves in the Australian outback for as long as six months before they became men. As part of this walkabout they would create journey sticks, and attach items that reminded them of the places they had visited.

Today at Forest School we decided to go on our own walkabout around the woodland areas in East Hunsbury, and create our own journey sticks to tell the story of our walkabout. We worked together in groups and stopped at interesting points to add string, wool and natural items collected from the area to our journey sticks to help us remember where we had been and tell our story.

The children enjoyed hunting around for different items to attach to their journey sticks and had some good discussions about what different things represented. When we returned to school they could confidently use their journey sticks and recall the walkabout in detail.

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We were all very tired (and wet!) after our long walk, I’m not so sure we could all last six months like the Aboriginal teenagers!

Mrs Read ?

More Bluebells!

Today it was the turn of Gruffalo and Matilda class to come to Forest School to see the beautiful bluebells.

Gruffalo class came first this morning and enjoyed a sunny walk through the woods with the occasional stop to admire the bluebells, listen for the birds and to look out for the fairies! The children were amazed at how many bluebells they could see, telling me there were ‘too many to count!’ and ‘probably hundreds!’

Once at Forest School some of us found the magical fairy doors and enjoyed decorating them as a gift to the bluebell fairies. We hope that they like our hard work!

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This afternoon Matilda class walked over to the woods and were also amazed at how many beautiful bluebells they could see. We took our time to stop and look more closely at them, naming the different parts of a plant and using all of our senses to smell, gently touch and look at the flower. Matilda class were also very keen to look out for the bluebell fairies and enjoyed making fairy homes and small villages in between the trees.

All of the children had a go at an observational drawing of the bluebells, and told me they enjoyed sitting on the mat in the middle of the flowers to have a closer look. They all labelled their pictures and could tell each other what the parts of a plant were called.

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Well done Gruffalo and Matilda class, a lovely day at Forest School enjoyed by everyone!

Mrs Read 🙂