This half term our topic is 'Adventure Tales.' We will be looking at different stories every week. During the half term the children will visit forest schools every Thursday.
Friday 26th May
This week the children have read the story 'The Owl Babies' together and acted it out in the small world area and the role play are. The children have used their funky fingers to feed their baby owls some worms and they have used sticks which they collected to build a nest for the owl babies. The children have also looked at different animal mummies and their young, matching them together and learning new names for the babies. At forest schools the children found a trail of feathers and the different owls form the story. They enjoyed one last climb in the trees before whittling bamboo, watching as Kate and Shaheen lit a fire and then had the chance to toast marshmallows and eat pop corn made by Mrs Gowers. It was great fun and a fantastic way to finish our Forest Schools sessions!
Friday 19th May
This week the children have enjoyed reading and learning the story 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. Whilst in class they have retold the story in the small world area and also in the role play area where they had to go through the swishy swashy grass, the deep dark river, the squelchy sqwerchy mud, the forest and the swirling whirling snowstorm before the children found a narrow gloomy cave with a bear inside! The children also retold the story using sensory bottles with grass, water, , mud, sticks and snow (cotton wool) inside. At forest schools the children enjoyed going through the forest on a bear hunt. It was Ashton that eventually found the bear, but he was friendly so the children built a den for him! They also practiced whittling sticks again.
Friday 12th May
This week the children were retelling the story of The Stick man by Julia Donaldson. They enjoyed acting out the story again, both in the small world and role play area as well as making a stick man in the playdough area. The children were very clever and were rewriting parts of the story independently.
This week parents came along to forest schools with their children. We had an overwhelming response with 20 parents turning up to attend. The children and parents had a fantastic time. They spent time together hunting for stick men all over the forest as well as being able to make their own stick men with sticks they found and string. The children enjoyed mixing their own paint and printing with leaves as well as swinging in the hammock and learning to whittle sticks! Thanks to all the parents that came.
Friday 5th May
The story the children have been listening to this week is 'The Gruffalo.' They have enjoyed acting out the story in the small world and role play areas as well as reading the story in the book tent. The children have made some fantastic Gruffalo's using the playdough and loose parts. They have also carefully put prickles on The Gruffalo's back using paper clips.
During Forest schools this week the children went on a hunt for the Gruffalo! They found the fox, the snake and the owl plus footprints! The children used materials they collected around the forest as well as purple prickles (dyed pineapple leaves) and orange eyes (carrot tops) to make their own Gruffalo picture. The children made Gruffalo crumble, owl ice cream, roasted fox and scrambled snake in the mud kitchen as well as building dens and climbing more trees!
Friday 28th April
This week we have been looking at Percy the Park Keeper. We read the story 'Owl takes Charge' and thought about all the things owl did wrong! The classroom has been completely transformed with the role play area now being Percy's Park including a tree and a hut! Our small world area looks amazing and is a forest including lots of stones, pine cones and trees! The children have enjoyed going in the role play area and the small world area pretending to be either Percy or one of the other animals in the story and making up their own story about what would happen in Percy's Park.
This week at forest schools Shaheen and Kate had a selection of animals from the Percy the Park Keeper stories. As groups we had to work together to build a little den for each creature. We then went on a hunt around the forest looking for different habitat sheets to find out where the animals live and what their homes are called. After this we collected big sticks and different materials such as leaves and grass. With the help from an adult we then made our own paintbrush and painted using mud and dandelions, it was great fun! Forest schools was very cold this week so we are hoping it will be warmer when we return next week..
Friday 21st April
On Thursday morning the children embarked on their first session at forest schools. When the children arrived at forest schools, Shaheen and Kate, the forest schools leaders, spoke to them around the fire pit about how to stay safe whilst there. The children then spent the morning exploring the forest and getting used to their surroundings. They searched for interesting items and found lots of things! They collected some to bring back to school including acorn shells, pine cones, empty snail shells, empty bird shells and flowers. The children also enjoyed climbing trees and jumping in muddy puddles! Finally the children got the chance to make pictures by putting leaves and flowers between 2 pieces of white fabric and hitting it with a stone which left a lovely imprint of colour.
The staff and children are very much looking forward to their visit next week.