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Elephant class Forest school

Week 1 - 5th June

What a great start we had! Elephants were so quick and very excited as they got ready for their 1st Forest School session. Euan helped and we set off to Barnfield. We stopped at the jumping spot , crossed Sillswood and Aspreys then stopped to see the elder flowers, ragwort and buttercups. The Union Jack flag fluttered in the slight breeze ( which is what we'd read on the weather forecast before we set off). At the site we played 1,2,3 where are you, and then did some foraging and identifying. If there was a big eye - there was something interesting to see. The orchids at the site are very special and beautiful.

We made a big butterfly and made it symmetrical. After a drink and a FS cookie we came back to school. A great 1st session - well done Elephants.  

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Week 2 - 12th June

It stopped raining - at least while we went to Forest School. Everything we saw was so wet and bedraggled. The dog rose had lost its petals, the elder flowers were drooping. We did see lots of clover and on the site lots of orchids. The orchids are rare and beautiful so we are very careful of them.

On site we played 'chip chop change' as our warm up game. Then Mrs M taught us how to make small dens with y sticks. Some of us went collecting for our potions and made magic sticks, some of us went bug hunting and some made dens. A very busy afternoon. Mrs M then shared our learning passports with us and we put smiley faces on the skills we have learnt and talked about learning we still need to do at Forest School.  

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Week 3 - 19th June

The rain stayed away! We walked up to Barnfield and pulled out a lot of Ragwort on the way. It's not a good plant for horses and cattle. We practised star jumps at the jumping spot. On site we played the tarpaulin game - you have to have quick reactions. Then we built small dens, bug hunted and looked carefully at the orchids, drew them and used watercolours to paint them. They are a very delicate shade of light purple and their leaves have spots on.  

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Week 4 - 26th June

The children were ready so quickly! We headed off to the jumping spot and practised 'tuck' jumps which were quite tricky. On the way back Mrs M cut some elder branches with her loppers. We looked closely at the pith in the middle of the elder. We worked in the Year 1 thicket area and used screwdrivers and tent pegs to take out the pith. Then we added 3 loom bands for decoration and made then end of our bubble blowers out of willow. Then much fun was had by all as we tried them out. Bronwen's made some amazing bubbles . We tried some of Mrs Murtaghs elderflower cordial had FS biscuits and then sang 'Happy birthday to Mrs M - a great FS session, thank you Elephants. 

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Week 5 - 3rd July. School was quiet as Year 2 were at OMS and F Stage were at the farm. We stayed in site and went to the Fire Pit. Mrs M showed us how to stay safe around the fire circle. Then she lit the fire using paper, twigs, cotton wool pads with vaseline, and tumble drier fluff. She lit the fire with a fire stick. We learnt how to whittle a stick and toasted a marshmallow and ate it in an ice cream cone - yummy. We played a game of Duck, Duck Goose and sang The Penguin Song. Its a good song for remembering left and right!

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Week 6 - 10th July. A different week as we took the whole class to Forest School! It was a very hot day but we managed to find shade on the site and bug hunted, painted, made bird feeders and journey sticks. Some of the boys learnt how to make a big den and made sure it was big enough for themselves! We drank lots of water. The jungle route we use to go back to school is too overgrown to navigate at the momentso we had to use the path. A great afternoon Elephants - thank you   
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Week 7 - 17th July 

All of Year 1 came up to Barnfield today . We went to collect some seed heads so that we can propogate some of them and grow some seedlings to plant in other parts of Olney. We collected Napweed seed heads and Birds Foot Trefoil. They will be dried out over the Summer then we'll try to grow them in our polytunnel. We also saw some moths - they were amazing , some of them were so big. Gordon told us all about their eggs and pupa and we saw the caterpillars. Thank you to everyone who helped - Mrs Murtagh  

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