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Spring term

Week 1

This was our first week at Forest School in 2019. It was very cold but we wrapped up warm and had a great time. We enjoyed played hide and seek, it's getting harder now that all the leaves have fallen from the trees! While we were sat around the fire circle it actually started to snow. Miss Clarke even caught a snowflake on her glove! Some of the children found a hole that they think a hedgehog had made. We decided to investigate hedgehogs more once we were back in school.

Next week we would like the tools out again so we can cut some wood.

 

Week 2 

This week we decided to have a small fire to practise our safety around the fire circle. We talked about how we keep safe and what to do if the smoke gets in our eyes. 

"Close your eyes and count to 10"

We made mud paint using special eco washing up liquid and food colouring. 

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Week 3 

This week the weather was really cold so we decided to have a big fire to keep us warm. James said it was "very relaxing." We took some straw with us and enjoyed making homes for the animals to keep warm. We set up the night vision camera and left it behind to see what animals visit Forest School when we are not there. Watch this space!!

Next week we would like to do some cooking on the fire."Toast and jam would be nice" 

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Week 4

Today we cooked our own toast on the fire. We used a toasting stick and had to kneel next to Mrs Matthews. We put our own butter and jam on then enjoyed our treat, sitting next to the fire. It was Lyla's birthday so we had some cake and sang Happy Birthday to her. Lyla even brought us some sweets to celebrate her special day.

Next week we would like to make some log dogs. Watch this space ......

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Week 5

This week it was a bit warmer so we decided not to have a fire. We enjoyed making log dogs and swords. We made some bird feeders using bird seed and fat. We have hung them around forest school to encourage more of our feathered friends to visit. 

Mr Taylor joined us to work on his special project. We’ve been trying to guess what he’s building. What do you think it will be?

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Week 6 

This week we decided we didn’t need a fire because the weather was a bit warmer. We checked on our bird feeders and saw that our feathered friends had been enjoying our bird seed. Mrs Lomas has been fixing our fence and some of the children helped her by collecting the willow. She made holes in the ground then pushed the willow in. Some of our other volunteers helped us cut the willow back and weave some of back in. 

We looked for signs of spring and found a purple crocus hiding in the leaves. We made a fence around it to keep it safe. Some of the boys found another flower that hasn't opened yet. Brogan took a photo so we can compare what it looks like after half term. 

 

Week 7 

This week the weather was beautiful. It was a special day because we celebrated 2 birthdays. We had great fun making mud soup and potions. Some of the children made a den in the willow. We looked for more signs of spring and found some amazing flowers hiding at Forest School. 

Mr Taylor is doing really well with our surprise building project. It looks nearly finished but we still don’t know what it is. What do you think? 

Next week we would like the tools out so we can cut some wood. 

 

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Week 8

This week the weather was completely different from last week. It rained heavily and we had to put the shelter up to try to keep us dry. Forest School was the muddiest we have ever seen it! There were huge puddles around the fire circle and we enjoyed jumping in them and splashing our friends. We made pud pies and mud rivers. Some of the boys had a go at cutting some wood using the saw while some of the girls made a shelter to get out of the rain. 

Next week we are hoping the weather is a bit kinder to us. 

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Week 9

The weather today was totally different. It was quite warm and sunny for a change! We found lots more signs of spring and even found some signs of life. Mrs Thomas found a frog under the logs and some of the children found a snail. The snail kept hiding in his shell and we watched as his feelers went in and out. We released the snail in our new bug hotel and we put the frog back where we found him. 

We have left the night vision camera this week to see what other animals we can capture in forest school. 

 Next week we would like to cook on the fire. We had a vote and decided we’d cook pizzas. 

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Week 10

This week we had a fire and cooked our wrap pizzas. We made them by ourselves, choosing cheese and tomato then we wrapped them in foil and Mrs Matthews put them on the grill over the fire. The cheese melted and it was yummy. We helped ourselves to hot chocolate or squash this week as well. We found a huge green slug and watched him slime around inside a bucket. We’ve added him to our bug hotel.  

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Next week we would like to cook something else on the fire.  We had a vote and decided to cook some soup. Watch this space ..........

Week 11

It was a cold start at Forest School so the fire not only let us cook but it also kept us warm. We made vegetable soup and cooked it in our big black pot. We thought it looked a bit like a witches cauldron! We all tried the soup - with a piece of bread to dunk in it. It was really tasty and it warmed us up as well. 

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Some of us planted some seeds and bulbs. We will have to watch them over the next few weeks to see if they start to grow.  
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Next week we have decided to cook on the fire again. We had a vote and decided to cook pizzas again as they were our favourite. We talked about the different toppings we could have and what were our favourites. 

Week 12

The weather was lovely at Forest School today and we enjoyed the spring sunshine. We made our own pizzas and cooked them on the fire. We added extra ingredients this time and had a choice of onion, cheese, tomato and pineapple. 

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