Today we were amazed at the difference in Forest School. The leaves have all come out on the trees and it felt really different.
"Its all dark."
"The trees have been growing when we weren't here."
We had great fun looking for minibeasts. We found lots of ladybirds and beetles. We found some eggs on the back of the leaves and we think they will become caterpillars. Some of the children used the litter pickers to collect the rubbish at Forest School. We think the wind blew it all in.
Next week we would like to cook on the fire and we voted to make pancakes.
Today was really wet and we put the canopy up to keep us a little bit drier. We decided we didn’t want soggy pancakes so we will be having a fire next week. We spent a long time today collecting the water as it ran off the canopy and making mud pies and mud cakes. We love jumping in the muddy puddles at Forest School.
Today was beautiful and we finally got to cook our pancakes on the fire. We chose our own toppings and enjoyed sitting around the fire to eat them. We spent time collecting the ‘helicopters’ off the floor. It looked like a green carpet.
today we used all our skills to make mud cakes and nests for the animals. We worked together in small groups and helped each other. Next week week we’ve invited our daddies to join us for Fathers Day. Let’s hope we have some dry weather!
Today we were joined at Forest School by our Daddies. We showed them around and really enjoyed playing with them. We cooked toast on the fire then shared it with our Daddies. It has rained all week and the bottom of Forest School was flooded. We enjoyed jumping in the puddles and balancing on the logs. A big thank you to all the Daddies that joined us this week. We hope you enjoyed visiting us and have a lovely Fathers Day on Sunday.
Today was our last week of Forest School. We had a vote and decided to cook pancakes on the fire. We enjoyed choosing our own toppings and sat around the fire circle to eat. As a special treat we had freeze pops. We said a special thank you to our voluntary helpers who have supported us all year.
Some of the children asked me to tell you the recipe for the pancakes so they could make them at home.
175g Self Raising Flour
1tsp Baking Powder
40g Caster sugar
sunflower oil for frying
1. Measure the flour, baking powder and sugar into a large bowl and add the orange zest. Mix together, then make a well in the centre and add the egg and half the milk. Beat well, with a whisk, until you have a smooth thick batter, then beat in enough of the remaining milk to make a batter the consistency of thick pouring cream.
2. Heat a little oil in a large non-stick frying pan over a high heat. Drop the batter in dessertspoonfuls into the hot pan, spacing each dollop of the mixture well apart to allow it to spread. Cook for about 2 minutes or until bubbles start to appear on the surface, then turn over with a non-stick blunt-ended palette knife or spatula, and cook on the other side for a further 30–60 seconds or until lightly golden brown on both sides.
3. Use the palette knife to lift the scones on to a wire rack, then cover them with a clean tea towel to keep them soft and warm. Continue more scones in the same way with the remaining, adding a splash more oil if the pan gets too dry.
4. Serve at once spread with butter, syrup or honey, or with Greek yoghurt and blueberries or raspberries or other seasonal fruits.
Cook time: 2-3 minutes per batch.