Year one Bubble B have had an amazing Forest School experience this term. It has been so beneficial for everyone to be out in the woods, enjoying the fresh air and (with a few exceptions) being able to forget all the complications of life.
This group enjoyed practising their fox walking (walking around the woods without shoes and socks) which we found to be a fun experience. The most popular activity was indoubtedly the making of mud balls. The children became became prolific mud ball creators, developing their method through play and the sharing of ideas with each other as well as develping a nurturing attitude to improve the result. Even the adults became quite obsessed with it!
Greg Clark visited on Friday and talked to the children about their experiences, which they loved.
The children enjoyed some amazing hot food each lunchtime, and we saw an incredible number of butterflies on Monday - Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Brimstone, Large White, Meadow Browns, and the Common Blue which was seen feeding on some ivy flowers. Beetle spotted a moth on Friday which we think may have been a cabbage moth and Tawny Owl spotted a Lime Hawkmoth caterpillar also on Friday.
The children enjoyed using tools, learnt how to tie a timber hitch and made log dogs. The 'undirected free learning time' was spent playing with mud and water, looking for slugs, making camps, playing in the stream, trying to tie different knots, climbing on the rope ladder swing, or looking at Beetles' butterfly book.
Have a look at the photos and video to see the variety of learning opportunities.
At the end of the session on Monday, the children had a wonderful surprise for Tawny Owl. They recited 'Newt' from The Lost Words as a performance poem with the whole group. Tawny Owl was very moved and impressed by their performance (if you don't know it, there are some very tricky words). Unfortunately she did not have time to record it as we had run out of time! Thank you Bubble B!
Oh my goodness, what a lot of activities we managed to fit into our last 2 days of Forest School.
The children enjoyed so many activities: stream play, using tools (palm drills and scout knives), learning to tie knots (Timber Hitch, Reef Knot and Clove Hitch), going on a Treasure Hunt, making log dogs, tree cookie name badges, as well as making mud balls!
The children developed fine motor skills, observation, patience, listening, concentration, negotiation, used positional language, descriptive and technical/scientific language, co-operation, and they all developed their gross motor skills to name but a few of the areas we covered!
The children enjoyed listening to nature poems and a story read by Tawny Owl. Badger (aka Mr Goodman) arrived with a delicious hot lunch each day, which we enjoyed in the sunshine.
The weather was wonderful; warm, but not too hot.
So much learning through play and having fun with friends.
Have a look at the photos and video to see a sample of this.
Year one Bubble B enjoyed 2 amazing days in the woods on Friday and Monday.
We played games, built dens, made name badges (using palm drills and scout knives), went on an adventure walk, climbed trees, had delicious fish and chips on Friday and jacket potatoes with cheese and beans on Monday, played in the stream (and got very wet and muddy), went on bug hunts, played on the rope ladder, and lots more!
Watch the video to see what they have been up to.
Another fabulous day in the woods for Bubble A today.
The children enjoyed playing a game where they worked together to identify and find the leaves of six of our trees in the woodland: Oak, Holly, Hazel, Field Maple, Hawthorn and Hornbeam. Some of these were tricky to find but most groups managed to collect 4 of the leaves. Hawthorn was the one they found the most tricky but possibly because they had to venture further into the woods, and it seemed quite dark in contrast to the beautiful sunshine!
Their Free Learning was spent playing on the Rope Ladder swing again, climbing trees, birdwatching and playing imaginary games involving dogs (after a short length of rope was found which became a lead). There was also a group which spent much time collecting leaves, lining them up and counting them. Lots of number work came out of this activity and the children amazed Tawny Owl at their knowledge of counting and number bonds to 100 and more! It also reinforced the learning previously covered in identifying tree leaves. Ratty enjoyed creating a beautiful piece of artwork generated using the shadow from the Horse Chestnut tree. She used charcoal and ground up chalk. The children dropped in occasionally on their way past to have a look. Wilf decided he would like to have a go with the charcoal but found it a little tricky.
Before lunch the children listened to the Poem ‘Willow’ taken from The Lost Words, read by Tawny Owl. The whole group then went on a walk to the other end of the woods looking for different types of willow. On the way, the children found lots of new things to do – a neat stack of wood became a cage, while a fallen tree was ridden by most of the children. We then discovered the stream at he Northerly end of the wood, which the children enjoyed playing in for a while.
Butterfly led us back to the Forest School Fire Circle area and the children washing their hands for lunch before sitting around the circle and listening to Willow from Spell Songs. Mr Goodman then arrived with lunch (Pizza and potato wedges followed by an apple) which the children devoured in record time!
After lunch, the children played in the stream. We then enjoyed a peaceful time sitting silently on our sit spots, drawing, listening to the birds, and the wind in the trees. Tawny Owl especially loves this part of the day.
The children had another short time for free learning and then it was time to wash hands again and return to the drive for the pick-up. The children were quite tired by this time and becoming rather grumpy little woodland pixies – Tawny Owl used this opportunity to talk about how we need to think about how we are feeling and then applying that to how others may be feeling; working hard to be kind to each other. Tawny Owl was really impressed because she heard no more ‘grumpy woodland pixies’.
The children have been busy again this week, taking part in 30 Days Wild.
Louis, Rowan, Ollie, Beau and Evie created some beautiful pieces of artwork from natural materials and Amelia C made some delicious looking Elderflower Cordial. Joseph, Evelyn-Rose and Freddie looked at some webcams to observe sea birds, Roseate Terns and Osprey. Finley also enjoyed watching the starlings in his garden eating the bird picnic he had made for them. Hollie's plants are growing well, and Zachary found a beautiful toad.
I think you'll agree that we have very talented children in our school.
Next week, Year One (Miss Wilford's Bubble) will be returning to Forest School on Friday. I am so excited, as I know many of the children are too, so I look forward to sharing true Forest School activities with you next weekend.
Another week of fabulous outdoor learning.
Tawny Owl set 2 new challenges this week for Forest School and the children have enjoyed making magic wands as well completing previous suggested activities such as shelters and nests. Many of the children have been again looking closely at the habitats in their gardens and have created some amazing maps. Some children are really enjoying their bird watching too. The nature rainbows continue to arrive too - indeed we had a fruit rainbow this week! Delicious!
Emily has also been foraging and making delicious wild garlic pesto.
Great learning in the outdoors again this week.
The younger children have been creating natural rainbows and shelters, while children across the school have been looking at their outdoor spaces and the habitats that are there.
There has been more bird watching, and research into the animals they find as well as shelter building and also lots of gardening.
In between repsonding to your posts on Google Classroom, Tawny Owl has also been closely watching the blue-tits in her nest box (7 out of 8 hatched at the weekend and the parent birds are busy feeding). She has created a hedgehog house in her garden and has been visiting school during the evenings with Clive to do some renovation on our beautiful but very elderly willow structure.
Well done everyone for continuing to enjoy the great outdoors.
There has been so much outdoor learning this week, Tawny Owl has had to make some tough decisions on which pictures to use; especially as some of the files were huge and needed converting. Thank you to all of you who have sent in pictures for our Blog.
"We had a lot of fun digging up the weeds from our field and gravel parking space! We used a hula-hoop as our quadrant and enjoyed exploring and discovering new species (such as the “sticky mouse-eared chickweed” and the “thyme-leaved speedwell”) using the Seek app."
Finn and Leonie have again been busy this week and dissected some owl pellets they found.
Pip has been out identifying plants and found some sorrel - I am sure you'll agree, his recording is brilliant.
Robbie and Alice have made a rope swing and planted radishes.
Amelia has been counting tree rings, petal painting using spring flowers and making bunting.
Anna has been making daisy chains with her brother.
Will and Gus have been busy foraging and making nettle and wild garlic soup!
Isabelle and many others have been doing lots of planting. I wonder if later in the year when we are back at school, we might have a vegetable stall to raise some moeny for a good cause?
There has also been bird watching, tree climbing, camp making and so much more!
It is wonderful to see the children's happy faces - even if it is at a distance!
Stay safe everyone and I look forward to being back in Forest School with you all very soon. Tanwy Owl :)
Thank you everyone for your contributions to our outdoor learning blog for this week. So much has been happening. It was really difficult to choose which pictures to include; some files unfortunately were just too large.
Lily created some amazing Rothko inspired art. She was very organised & gathered all her resources together first...then selected the best. The white background was made by rubbing in chalky rock (collected from Dover a few years ago).
Rowan has been a 'busy bee' (sorry Rowan!) on her allotment, not only looking at the bees on the dandelions but also caring for the bees. She created some chalk pictures of cloud men/women that climb rainbows.
This gave me an idea for a challenge...I wonder if any of you could create a rainbow picture using just the natural colours you find in your outdoor spaces? Just remember to be careful not to collect too much of any one plant - plants are always better left growing.
The Twyman's have been building furniture using wood and tools; a future business opportunity perhaps?
Dylan has been doing lots of gardening and has been helping prepare a new vegetable patch and planting seeds. He has been learning about how the Victorians used compost to enrich the soil. While they were digging, they found a little brown glass vase; treasure. He has also helped his Daddy in creating a workshop for them to make things in.
Charlie planted some seeds and is hoping they will grow into ginormous pumpkins; some of them have already germinated.
Anna has been going on lots of walks with her family, made a bug hotel, a den, and her Daddy made her a bow and arrow. She has loads of Bluebells at the bottom of our garden.
Violet went on a walk with her family and took some lovely photos of flowers growing. She says it was like a wonderland.
Eve has been outside a lot and has been on many long walks (‘thanks to her dad’).
Mackenzie and Sebastian made a great bird table with their dad, ‘(as we do not have many trees’). They enjoyed using the Seek App to record the plants they found on a recent walk.
Felicity made a quadrat on the grass and found 14 different plants which she picked a little bit of and labelled. She also used the Seek App to help us find out what the plants were.
Finley has been watching birds in his garden.
‘Dear Tawny Owl I have enjoyed the Outdoor Learning Task this week. I attach photos of my Large Plant pictogram and my Weed labelling. I have also enjoyed reading outdoors with my Dad. Have a lovely weekend. From Oliver’
Matthew made a mud market.
‘We’ve had an amazing first week back to our home learning and it’s largely be completed outside, which had been amazing. We’ve made learning spaces in the garden in the woods and by a local lake during our daily walks.
We’ve loved star gazing at night this week and watching the hundreds of satellites that have been visible this week and using Noah’s recent birthday present of a telescope.
We’ve also enjoyed collecting tadpoles and making an environment for them at home to study their circle of life.’
Will and Gus have been planting seeds.
Following a picnic lunch, the school then opened its' classroom doors and parents were warmly invited to experience an afternoon in the life of Goudhurst & Kilndown pupil. There was a real buzz throughout the school and lots of parents commented on how it had been a wonderful day, just perfect!