Shelter Building at Forest School

Shelter building requires physical activity, which is essential for children’s health and development. It can help them develop gross motor skills, coordination, and balance.

Building a shelter requires planning, problem-solving, and critical thinking. Children will need to consider the materials they have available, the terrain, and the weather to build a functional shelter. This process can help them develop problem-solving skills and improve their ability to think creatively.

Shelter building allows children at Forest School to use their creativity and imagination to design and build their structures. This activity provided an opportunity for children to explore their ideas and develop their imagination.

Teamwork was at its best today with this shelter building activity, allowing children to work together and develop their teamwork skills. They can learn to communicate effectively, delegate tasks, and support one another.

Shelter building can encourage children to appreciate nature and the environment. It can help them understand the importance of protecting natural habitats and ecosystems.

Overall, shelter building is a fun and educational activity that can offer children a range of benefits, including physical activity, problem-solving skills, creativity, teamwork, and nature appreciation.

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Environmental Art

A huge leaf pile is a great place to develop visual motor skills by playing look and find games and scavenger hunts. These are just a few of the many benefits of leaf play. Leaf play provides opportunities for language development, fine motor development, and creative dramatic play. Not to mention the hours of fun!
Today the children at Forest School made a leaf mobile and decided to wrap it around the oak tree in the school grounds. They managed to thread the string onto a darning needle and attach the leaves.
Afterwards they played with the leaves and as usual buried themselves under them.
Lots of giggles today at Forest School.
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Science at Forest School

Pushing and pulling are actions we use every day to move objects. There’s a fun game we can play that involves pushing and pulling with our school friends!

For this game, the children found a large object (a bucket filled with water) that they could push and pull. It could be a box, a toy wagon, or even a big stuffed animal.

The children then took it in turns to explore pushing and pulling the buckets along the rope.

You can make the game even more exciting by adding obstacles to the path. For example, you could put a pile of logs in the way that you need to push the object around.

All the group learnt how to work together with their friends and take turns pushing and pulling. This game is not about winning or losing, but about having fun and learning how to cooperate with others.

A great morning at Forest School!

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Just for Fun

Children love the simple pleasures of playing in nature, and throwing leaves in the air is one of those activities that can bring so much joy and excitement. When children throw leaves in the air, they get to experience the thrill of watching the leaves flutter and dance in the breeze. The sound of the leaves rustling and crunching under their feet is music to their ears.

As they toss the leaves, they can experiment with different throwing techniques, like tossing them high into the air or gently tossing them at each other. They might even make up their own leaf-throwing games, like trying to catch as many leaves as possible or seeing who can make the biggest pile.

Throwing leaves in the air can also be a sensory experience for children. They get to feel the texture of the leaves in their hands, smell their earthy aroma, and marvel at the beautiful colours of the leaves as they twirl through the air.

Overall, throwing leaves in the air is a simple yet magical activity that can bring endless entertainment and delight to children. It’s a wonderful way to encourage them to explore and appreciate the wonders of nature while having fun with their friends at Forest School today.

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Forest School – Leaf Monsters

Playful Experience

Burying themselves under leaves proved to be a playful and lighthearted experience, for the children who enjoy outdoor activities.

It is a way to connect with nature and immerse oneself in the beauty and tranquility of the natural world.

The children explained their feelings of the leaves and the different textures and smells proving this activity to be a unique and enjoyable sensory experience.

Lots of fun and laughter today at Forest School

Forrest School – Fungi Spotting

Todays mushroom spotting has been a valuable educational experience for children in school, as it combines elements of science, nature study, and environmental awareness. It helps children learn about the different types of fungi, their habitats, and their ecological roles, which can foster an appreciation for the natural world. Additionally, by participating in mushroom spotting, children can develop important observation and identification skills, as well as critical thinking abilities as they try to determine the specific type of mushroom they have found. Overall, this mushroom spotting was a fun activity that helped the children develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for the natural world and the important role fungi play in it.
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All about Hedgehogs and Hibernation.

Today at Forest School the children learnt some interesting Hedgehog facts and why they hibernate.

They hibernate as a way to conserve energy and survive through the winter months when food is scarce. During hibernation, a hedgehog’s metabolic rate slows down, and its body temperature drops significantly, which helps it to conserve energy.

Hedgehogs typically hibernate from late autumn to early spring, depending on the climate and availability of food. Before hibernation, they will need to build up their fat reserves by feeding on insects, slugs, and other small animals.

Once they have enough fat stored, hedgehogs will find a safe and sheltered spot to hibernate, such as a pile of leaves, a burrow, or a log pile. They will curl up into a ball and enter a state of torpor, which is a deep sleep-like state. During torpor, their heart rate, breathing rate, and metabolism slow down, and their body temperature drops to match the ambient temperature.

Hedgehogs can remain in this state of torpor for several weeks at a time, waking up briefly every few days to drink water and possibly move to a new location. When the weather warms up and food becomes more readily available in the spring, they will come out of hibernation and start to feed and regain their strength.

Overall, hibernation is a survival mechanism that helps hedgehogs conserve energy and survive through the winter months when food is scarce.

We looked around the school playground for any signs of hedgehogs but sadly didn’t find any. We then decided to make our own hedgehog using natural materials such as twigs and clay soil.
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Sensory Experience at Forest School

Playing with leaves requires physical movement, such as running, jumping, and throwing. This can be a fun and engaging way to get exercise and the improve the children’s overall physical health.

The texture, colour, and smell of leaves has provided a rich sensory experience for the children at Forest school today. This can be especially beneficial for children who are still developing their sensory processing skills.

Playing with leaves sparked creativity and imagination in the group today. Children can use the leaves to make art, build structures, or play imaginative games. Today they decided to bury each other in the leaf piles they had made.

This was a fun group activity, encouraging social interaction and cooperation. They worked together to collect and pile leaves, and took it in turns to be covered in the leaves.

Overall, playing outside with leaves can be a fun, engaging, and beneficial activity for all the Reception class children.

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