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Elephant class Forest school

Week 1 - 7th January

Elephants 1st week at Forest School and the weather was so mild. Everyone got changed quickly and we set off to Barnfield. On the way we stopped to practise our jumps at the 'jumping spot'. We crossed Aspreys at the crossing then walked up to the site. We spotted lots of nests, deciduous bushes and evergreen bushes. At our site we played ' 1,2,3 where are you' , the FS version of hide and seek. We took hand lens off around the site and brought our finds back to the big butterfly. Mrs M told us it had to be symmetrical. We used moss, hazel cones, twigs, oak leaves and field maple leaves. After a drink and biscuit we came back down the muddy path. Well done Elephants , you were very resiliant, independent and persevered.  

Week 2 15th January

What a muddy session! we walked through muddy puddles, we used our sticks to stir mud, we slipped and slid, we made muddy potions - luckily in our waterproof trousers and wellies. On the way up we stopped to look at the lichen and we saw a very long worm! We played 'chip, chop, change' always fun remembering which are our right hands. Mrs M taught us how to put loom bands over our sticks to make them magical. Next week we are going to learn how to make mini Forest School dens.         

Week 3 - 22nd January. A very damp week. Edens birthday. We stopped at the jumping spot and practised star jumps. The flag was not flying at all as there was no wind. Our site was too muddy to use - it was dangerosuly slippy. We built our dens in another part of Barnfield. Mrs M showed us how to use 'y' sticks to build the dens and we used straw to make them cosy and dry. Everyone worked well together and used lots of mathematical language - longer, shorter, as long as.We filled in part of our FS passports to show the new skills we are learning.     

Week 4 - 29th January

A busy week learning some new skills. We went up to the 'jumping spot' and practised our star jumps with arms as well! On the way back to school Mrs M used a tool called loppers to cut some elder. We noticed that the elder had a soft middle called the pith. We played our warm up game with a tarpaulin - we had to be quick to say each others names when the tarp dropped. We worked with the elder in the Year 1 thicket. We pushed out the pith using tent pegs and screwdrivers. We worked safely away from our bodies. We decorated our FS bubble blowers with loom bands and then used willow to make the end. Then the fun started - gentle blowing and we had lots of bubbles. Well done elephants.        

Week 5 - 5th February

A week by the fire circle. Mrs M showed us how to stay safe. We had to sit on the outside logs and only move around the outside of the circle. We played 'Duck, duck , goose. Then we made the fire using paper, kindling, cotton wool puffs and tumble drier fluff. Mrs M lit it with a fire steel. It was quite smoky. We whittled willow sticks with potato peelers and then cooked marshmallows on them. We ate them in ice cream cornets. Yummy! We also had hot chocolate to drink.    

Week 6 - 12th February

We went up to Barnfield. It was very very muddy - we love the big puddle. It's quite challenging to wade through it. Mrs M told us all about why there are raised pink dots near the Aspreys crossing. We were learning lots about bugs today. There are no real bugs at the moment but Mrs M had pictures for us to find with facts on the back. Did you know centipedes have an odd number of legs? We also discussed camouflage and made some camouflaged caterpillars, then challenged our friends to find them.    

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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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