We played a new game today which involved taking our boots and socks off and walking like a fox - the aim was to walk so silently that we couldn't be heard. Most of the children were happy to take off their boots and socks and we discussed how the ground felt as we stalked across the woodland floor. Tawny Owl was really proud of the children as they listened carefully and tried the exercises very sensibly. We discovered that by walking like a fox, we were able to feel if there were thorns on the ground before putting the weight on our feet; thereby avoiding sore feet!
We practised the /f/ sound, by making sure we were biting our bottom lips! We came up with lots of words beginning with /f/: fox, forest, fire, foot, feet, flowers.
The children then had to search for a tree with an /s/ marked in chalk on it, and get to know it. Tawny Owl went round telling everyone a little bit about their tree, and the children enjoyed trying to help each other and compared their trees with each other. One pair even found a fairy hole in their trees.
Later on in the session, we used our 'fox walking' and our trees for silent spot. Hornbeam group had an amazing Silent Spot; some children chose to complete a charcoal drawing whilst sitting at their tree, and showed amazing maturity as they drew foxes and trees.
Other activities today were: tree climbing, playing in the hammocks, playing in the 'mud kitchen', and finding and collecting Hawthorn flowers for making a delicious tea (Henry sauggested it smelled like old hay, but we decided it tasted much better than that. Juniper thought it tasted like Lavender tea). Alder group had a shorter time, so they had nettle tea again. We decided the tea tasted differently to last week and that this was due to the plants maturing.
Here are a few photos...do have a look at the class gallery to see what a happy day we had.
What a very busy day today!
Larch group began by gathering timber for cutting and splitting to put in the woodshed. They worked incredibly hard to find appropriate wood - even pushing down a couple of small dead but standing trees! Not only that but then gathering a team of people to carry it back to the Forest School area for cutting.
They then willingly cut the timber and split it. Meanwhile another group were emptying the woodshed so that it could be sorted and restacked.
Everyone worked incredibly hard.
When they weren't helping with this task, they played in the hammocks, or built amazing shelters, climbed trees, or sat and did some weaving. Tawny Owl had bought a couple of Bushcraft magazines and a story 'Weslandia' (which she read to Larch group), which some of the children had a look at.
Birch group did not need to gather timber, but still enjoyed working hard to help prepare it for the woodshed.
This group enjoyed the hammocks, as well as composing some woodland music; watch this space, as they proclaimed they would be making an album!
Tawny Owl is in the process of putting together a video of the day; she will let you know when it appears on this blog.
Meanwhile have a look at the photos below; there will be more on the class 4 gallery.
The sun shone again today.
The woods were fully clothed in their spring green, hawthorn and elder was blooming, the birds were singing and we felt it would be a great day.
Tawny Owl lit the fire, so we could have hot drinks and toast 'smores'.
The hammocks were put up, and the children really enjoyed playing in these.
Tawny Owl took some of the children to find and cut hazel to make cooking sticks, and a small group were very patient, listening to how we can use knives safely. Henry and Rowan then had time to have a go at making their own cooking sticks. Sadly time ran out, but Tawny Owl promised the children could have another go next week.
Hornbeam group helped pick nettles to make nettle tea; several children tried it and thoroughly enjoyed it, deciding it smelled and tasted of runner beans. Some children enjoyed fruit tea, while others had water - they were all thirsty after their smores! Then, just as we were finishing refreshments, Kingfisher appeared having made some delicious nettle pancakes!
Alder group were all rather sleepy this afternoon, but enjoyed playing in the hammocks. Kingfisher worked with a group making friendship bracelets, trees were climbed and lots of fun was had. It was decided to wait for 'smores' until the children have their first session in the morning so they can harvest the hazel, make their cooking sticks and cook without a rush.
We also decided we should have a go at making nettle pancakes in the woods before the end of the term.
The adult noticed a few children becoming really mature in the way they approach the activities and were also really impressed with the children who carried the equipment to the woods - some of it is quite heavy but we observed some amazing teamwork today. Well done everybody.
Have a look at the class gallery for more photos of the activities.