S’more news from Forest School

Chicks and Ducklings had a very exciting lesson where they experienced fire and learnt how to make S’mores! They demonstrated exceptional listening skills and followed every instruction that was given to them. All the teachers joined in and had as much fun as their children.
Other years groups learnt how to use a bow saw safely to enable them to make tree cookies and cut wood for the fire.

Forest School news

With the cold weather now upon us children have been learning how to use a Bow Saw so that they can chop wood for the fire!
Some classes have changed their Forest School day so please check the list below. Please ensure that your child has a warm coat, hat and socks on for their Forest School day.
Monday:
5AH
4AP

2RC

Tuesday:
5OH
Chicks

Ducklings

Wednesday:
3RM
4DR
3BM
6SR

6CK

Thursday:
4ET
5LE
1AP

Friday
3JH
2LM
1TS

Forest School

It has been a very busy week in Forest School, all the children helped get things ready for Business and Enterprise week and their hard work was rewarded with hot chocolate – although they did have to make the fire to boil the water first! I must say a big thank you to Riverford Organic who kindly donated the vegetables for our Farmers’ Market raffle. It was very popular and the children were so excited to see dirty carrots and potatoes.
All the children have been enjoying the weather outside, the year 5s in particular found great pleasure in jumping into piles of leaves!

Viking Longship at St John’s

An important part of the Forest School sessions each class in St Johns
have every week is to allow for natural Free Play. This allows
children to  use their creativity and develop their imagination,
dexterity, and other strengths. It also helped them to practice
decision-making skills and try on different roles within a group.

This week 4DR used their forest school session to build a viking
Longship out of Pallets and Sticks!

Beautiful Butterflies

Today all 5 chysalides hatched and five beautiful Painted Lady Butterflies emerged. It was such an incredible thing to watch. The red liquid you can see is called meconium and it is expelled from the butterfly as it’s wings expand. The wings take around two hours to harden and and tomorrow they will be ready for some food!

 

Caterpillar Fever

This week The Bear’s Den took delivery of some caterpillars! In a few days time they will   make their way to the top of the lid and and hang in a J shape. They will shed their exoskeletons one last time and harden into chrysalides.

 

A camera is filming their transformation and the footage so far looks amazing!

Meditation Monday

All children who attend Forest School participate in meditation and on Monday’s there are extra sessions during lunch time for Year 6. Guided meditation appears to be the most popular,  children are taken off into a fantasy world where they can let their minds wander and leave worries or anxieties behind. Meditation doesn’t come easy  and everyone is working hard to manage their deep breathing and to stay focused. In the Bear’s Den there are LED lights, candles and flowers to aid concentration. Children are going back to class feeling calm, relaxed and ready for new learning opportunities.

A Monday Morning Surprise

Today’s  Forest School session was disrupted the the arrival of a male Mallard duck! He stayed for a while and had a good swim in the pond then went and nestled in the grass for a rest. What a lovely surprise on a gloomy Monday morning.

Supporting St. John’s Pre-School

This week in  Forest School Year 6 have been sharing their planting skills with Pre-School. After bringing all the equipment over they were keen to get started. Once they had picked their planting spots they worked incredibly hard digging holes in the rain. They  planted some Dogwood and Cherry trees in the outside play area and learnt how to protect the young trees from wildlife and other threats.