Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Spring 2

Did someone say Spring?  Some sessions have definitely been very wintry with cold temperatures and snow to explore!  Children at Sutton tried to melt the snow, make 'snow soup' and mould snowballs.  We decided the best thing to do after playing in the snow was to warm up by the fire and toast a marshmallow.  


Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Spring 1

We have had all sorts of weather for our sessions over the past few weeks - snow, hail, rain, wind and a drop of sunshine!  To keep warm we have been learning to play different games - the pre-school children are getting very good at '1, 2, 3, where are you?' Year 2 at Sutton love to play 'Giants, Wizards and Pixies.'  At Hickling, a very wet afternoon session meant lots of mud play and sculpture. 

Some groups have been practicing knots and we have built swings and bridges, not forgetting  of course we are continuing to perfect our shelters.  

For the last couple of weeks we were treated to our first signs of Spring - catkins, sunshine and snowdrops! Long may it continue!








Monday, 18 December 2017

Autumn 2

It has been a busy half term at Forest School...
  • Hickling pre-school children have joined in the fun on Wednesday afternoons, proving that they are very careful bug hunters - especially finding spiders!  They have also enjoyed making stick streamers on windy days and building dens with the older children when it has been wet.  We were delighted to welcome Sonya from the EDP to take photos of us enjoying our Forest School sessions.
  • Cheetahs Class at Catfield have been mastering their knots, which have been useful for our shelters and our constructions with sticks.

  • Finally, the Year 1's at Sutton have loved having the swing up and have continued to invent wonderful games for which they created castles, camp fires and woodland cafes!


Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Autumnal Treasure

Forest School sessions have re-started across the federation and we have been treated to some lovely, autumnal weather.  Lots of our activities have been around collecting the treasures that the season brings - different coloured leaves, conkers, acorns, fruits from our fruit trees and blackberries from the hedgerows.  We have used some of our harvest to make pictures, sculptures and jewelry.  Some of us have explored using a palm drill to make holes in sticks and conkers to help us in our making and creating!

Of course, some of us continue to enjoy making our dens and camps as well as getting muddy!

As the weather turns cooler, we are looking forward to having camp fires and hot chocolate...






Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Summer 1

At Hickling we were excited to welcome a visitor from another school who had heard about us doing Forest School and wanted to see it in action!  She was impressed with our den building and helped us create mud soup in our mud kitchen!  We sat and had our hot chocolate around the fire and talked to her about what we enjoyed at Forest School.

Finally the Reception Class at Sutton and Panthers Class at Catfield started their Forest School sessions this term.  The younger children love the game '1, 2, 3 where are you' and always ask to play this.  They also love looking for minibeasts and playing on our tree swing.  Mr Hall's Class got stuck into den building, tried to fly on a particularly windy day using a tarpaulin and helped to build the fire for hot chocolate and marshmallows.

Spring 2

As the sunshine made a return, we were able to find lots of spring treasures to be creative with.  Some of us made cards using natural materials, others of us perfected our weaving skills.

At Sutton and Hickling we found newts thriving in our ponds and we loved watching them swim up to the surface and then dive back down under the weed.

Catfield Cheetah's enjoyed lots of den building, returning week after week to add to their creations and displaying excellent team work.  They also helped me to collect lots of branches from the oak trees that the farmer had cut down the lane.  One of the children said it was the best thing they had ever done at school - taking a branch for a walk down the lane!