Autumn Collage Pictures

It was the turn of Simba class and Matilda class to come to Forest School today.

For Simba class it was their first full morning at Forest School and they did very well. The most exciting part of the morning for the children was eating our snack outside! We did this straight away whilst we still had clean hands, and used snack time as an opportunity to remind ourselves of the Forest School rules and routines and to sing the Forest School song.

The children then had time to explore the woods with the challenge of bringing interesting Autumn items from around the woods to complete a class collage picture of a hedgehog. The children did very well and found lots of different colours and shapes to help bring the hedgehog to life!

Then this afternoon Matilda class went on an Autumn walk in the woods near school, with a checklist of items to find. We enjoyed our walk and found lots to look at in the big woods and wanted to bring all of it back! However we couldn’t carry all of the leaves and items we had found, so instead decided an item per hand would be enough. When Matilda class returned to school they then had the challenge of completing a floor collage picture and picked out the squirrel and butterfly template.

Matilda class thought very carefully about their floor collage pictures, selecting colours and textures which would best fit the different parts of each animal, and paid very close attention to details like the symmetry on the butterfly wings.


Well done Matilda and Simba class, a brilliant day at Forest School!

Mrs Read 🙂

Paddington Autumn Walk

Paddington class went on an Autumn walk around the local woods this afternoon, looking for some of the signs of Autumn.

We worked together in pairs and had a checklist of Autumn items to look for. On our walk we stopped at several points to take a closer look around and tick things from our list.

The children were very good at spotting signs of Autumn and we managed to tick nearly everything of our list. Things we spotted included red, orange and yellow leaves, fungi, berries, conkers, pine cones and a squirrel!

The children particularly enjoyed a part of the woods which was covered in a beautiful blanket of leaves, which were perfect for running and jumping through, and throwing and kicking into the air.


Well done Paddington class!

Mrs Read 🙂

Reception Roots

Both Gruffalo and Simba class came to Forest School this morning for a short session in our school woods as we are still learning the rules and routines of Forest School.

During our exploration using the mirrors and magnifying glasses, some of us found some ‘sticks’ stuck in the ground. This provided an excellent discussion point and investigation for us all, and after a closer look we found out they were the roots to the trees!

We talked about what roots are and why trees have them, then we all were set the challenge to find some different roots around the woods and explore them using our senses.

The children enjoyed using their hands to feel the roots and followed them from the ground to the trunk and branches of the trees. The children used some good words to describe the roots such as ‘bumpy’, ‘rough’, and ‘wriggly’.


Good investigation work Reception! 🙂

Can you remember why trees have roots and what they do?


Reception Forest School – Learning the rules and routines.

Both Gruffalo and Simba class came to Forest School for the first time as a whole class this morning. As some of them have never been to Forest School before we talked about the rules and routines of Forest School and how to keep ourselves safe.

Can you remember the three rules of Forest School?

We also learnt the Forest School song, I have copied the words here so you can learn it at home too. Enjoy!

Mrs Read 🙂


(Sing to the tune of Frere Jacques)

Forest School Song.

Going to the forest (x2)

Rain or shine (x2)

Working in the garden (x2)

With my friends (x2)

Exploration (x2)

Having fun (x2)

Learning in my own way (x2)

The best I can! (x2)

I’m fantastic! (x2)

I follow all the rules (x2)

I can solve a problem (x2)

In Forest School (x2)

Signs of Autumn – Matilda Class

This afternoon at Forest School Matilda class have been very busy with craft activities and exploring the signs of Autumn.

It was a very windy afternoon, perfect for making and testing our wind chimes. Last time at Forest School the children had learnt several different knots, so it was great to see them putting this new skill into practise today and having a go at making something. Matilda class were very good at helping each other and going back to the large poles and ropes to practise the knots, before tying string around small branches and sticks.

Our Autumn challenges today included using the colour charts to match colours around the woods, counting and sharing the conkers, and collecting different leaves. Some of us enjoyed making Autumn leaf collages by cutting up the different coloured leaves and arranging them onto a leaf shape template. By the end of the afternoon we had created our own art gallery of Autumn leaves along the fence.


Well done Matilda class, a very productive afternoon of Autumn exploration!

Mrs Read 🙂