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Year 3 / 4 Forest School sessions will be as normal for the next 5 weeks, on Wednesday afternoons. PLEASE make sure you have your kit in school every WEDNESDAY.
Session 8 - 7th November 2018
It was a really wet and rainy afternoon today, so our Forest School leaders decided that we would have a classroom session instead of going down to the woods.
Miss Thompson showed us how to do some 'square lashing' to join the ends of two sticks together at a 90 degree angle. When we had done this, we worked in pairs to join our sticks together to make a picture frame. This sounds complicated, but if you look at our photos below, you'll see what we mean!
We found it quite difficult, but with perseverance, determination, concentration and a bit of adult help, we managed to make a fairly straight picture frame! A few of us asked if we could decorate our frames with more wool and string and the end result was amazing! They look like dream catchers! This gave us some ideas for future Forest School crafty sessions too!
HALLOWEEN 'DEAD COOL WALK IN THE WOODS'
Just an update, a huge thank you, and a few photos for you all!
Our Halloween Dead Cool Walk in the woods was a resounding success!
The Walk was open for four consecutive nights leading up to Halloween night when we had a campfire with hot dogs, burgers and hot chocolate.
We raised just over £200 for our Forest School Fund, and this means we can now buy some extra tools, resources and equipment for our Forest School sessions. We are also saving some of the money to put into next year's Halloween Walk, which hopefully will be even better!
A massive thanks to EVERYONE who contributed, visited and helped us all to have a huge amount of fun, especially Laura and Josie, Miss T, and Lauren who put the whole thing together, (and tidied up afterwards!) fantastic team work ladies! A special thank you to Sonya and Paul Fox for supplying amazing props and Kerry and Denise Thurnham for an incredible supply of sweeties, but also to everyone who came and supported us.
We hope we didn't scare you TOO much?
Enjoy the photos.....
Year 3 / 4 in the Woods, September - December 2018
We had our Safety in the Woods talk in class with our Forest School Leaders, Miss Thompson, Mrs Attenborough and Laura Stevenson on the 5th September and our woodland sessions started on Wednesday 12th September. We have been learning about our animals; meeting and naming our new arrivals and having lots of cuddles and we are also having fun exploring the woods and learning about the different trees and the fruits / seeds they produce. We made a balancing beam in our obstacle course area, we've been learning how to climb our climbing tree safely, and we've been improving our pond area ready for the winter.
We are having some visitors to our Forest School sessions from Week 4 onward. Martin Blackham, den builder extraordinaire, came on 28th September and showed us how to make a Geo Dome from garden canes, and he left it for us to use and improve over the next few weeks. Come down to our woodland and see it for yourselves!
During October we will be having more visitors, Donna and Natalie from the Growth project, who will be showing us how to make living willow dens and animal hides in our woodland over the course of three sessions.
Have a look at our photos to see what we've been doing.
There's also a weekly blog and photos on the 'Dragons' class page.
We will be having a normal Forest School session on Wednesday 25th October when we will be making woodland Halloween crafts with Miss Thompson, Mrs Kaye, Mrs Attenborough and Laura.
Please make sure you have your Forest School kit with you on Wednesday!
Week 7 - Wed 17th and Fri 19th October
We have had two amazing woodland sessions with Donna and Natalie this week. Half the class went to the woods on Wednesday and the other half went on Friday. We have constructed two living willow dens in the open area in the middle of our woodland. Donna and Natalie provided us with the willow whips, and they showed us how to prepare it, ready for planting. We also had to prepare the ground and dig it out so the willow has a better chance of rooting and growing. We had to be careful not to disturb the creatures living in the ground and we relocated several worms and beetles so they didn't get hurt during the course of our digging.
The children in Year 3 / 4 have behaved brilliantly during these sessions, they have listened, learned, concentrated and with the support of Donna and Natalie, and each other, they have created two incredible living willow frames, that hopefully will grow and mature into strong, healthy structures over the next few years, along with the members of our Fabulous Year 3/4 Forest School group!
These sessions have been truly wonderful and these two amazing ladies have taught us all skills that we will use many times during the course of our future Forest School learning!
Have a look at the photos below to see how we made our dens, but better still, come down to the woods and see for yourselves!
Week 6 - Friday 12th October
This session was the first of 3 Willow Weaving sessions with Donna and Natalie from The Growth Project. The session was held in The Children's Centre as it involved a lot of sitting and the weather was a little wet and windy!
Donna and Natalie brought a lot of willow whips (long, thin, straight branches of willow) and talked about the properties of these, and how they are very bendy and pliable. They showed us how to bend the whips without breaking them and then we made a crown by making a branch into a circle and looping the end through. You'll see when you look at the photos below.
Donna made some fish shapes out of willow for us and we weaved more whips in and out of the shape, which was a little more difficult than it looked, but the children worked really hard and persevered and made some amazing willow fish!
Have a look at our photos to see what an amazing session we had!
Thank you Donna and Natalie, see you next week for Sessions 2 and 3!
Our next FS sessions are on Wednesday 17th and Friday 19th October, please make sure your Forest School kit is in school on these days! Thank you!
Visit to Alfreton Nursery 8th October.
Six children from Year 3 / 4 were selected to visit Alfreton Nursery where Dean Leivers (Professional Photographic Artist) showed us the art of cyanotype photography. We also had a tour of the Nursery outdoor learning / Forest Schools area to see how their willow weaving structures have grown since they were planted about 10 years ago. Have a look at our photos. We had a wonderful morning. Thank you to the staff of Alfreton Nursery and to Dean and Jodie too!
Week 5 - Wed 03.10.18
We spent some time with our animals, collected some hen eggs, swept Olive's pen and fed Ned, Norbert and Norris. We had a cuddle with our baby guinea pigs, they're growing fast!
Then we split into four groups and went down to our Geo Dome. Mrs. Kaye's group decorated the Geo Dome with more wool; Mrs. Attenborough's group made leaf pictures and leaf rubbing with wax crayons; Laura's group whittled sticks and decorated them to hang in our Geo Dome; Miss Thompson's group weaved spider webs with sticks and wool, and we hung those in our Geo Dome too!
Have a look at our photos below.....
Week 4 - Friday 28.09.18
Geo Dome construction!
Here's Martin, on the first couple of pictures...
First he showed us how to make and fix a triangle of garden canes. We used masking tape and we worked in groups, two of us holding the canes while one of us joined the canes together. Team Work!
When we had made 15 triangles, Martin laid them out on the floor and we helped him to apply more masking tape to hold all the triangles together.
We gradually pulled the shapes up from the floor and ended up with a pentagon-based, triangular prism Geo Dome! More masking tape and some tie wraps ensured the structure was sturdy and we then wrapped coloured wool around the frame to decorate it. The grown ups put a tarpaulin over the top of the dome, and the children carried some large logs inside to sit on.
Voila! our Geo Dome was complete!
We will be evolving and improving it over the next few weeks!
Week 3 - Wednesday 19.09.18
Working in groups: Animals, pond work, balance beam and site boundary marking.
Week 2 - Wednesday 12.09.18
Introduction to our animals and exploring our woodland.