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Zebra class Forest school

Week 1 - 11th September

A lovely start to Forest School this year. 13 Zebras who got changed very quickly and were eager to be off. We welcomed Laura , who is our parent volunteer this year.We walked first to our jumping spot and practised jumping off the stump. Then we crossed Aspreys carefully and sampled blackberries on the path up to Barnfield. We put up our safety notices and practised what to do if a dog comes on site. We explored the site , playing 1,2,3 where are you - the Forest School version of hide and seek. Our learning was all about the trees on site - we found oak, hazel , and field maple. The children also found berries, rose hips, hazel cones, moss and lichen. We made an enormous butterfly with the children learning all about symmetry. After a drink and a FS cookie it was time to walk back - always an adventure as we go back down the 'jungle' route. Mrs Underwood - you would be proud of the children - a great session. next week - potions and bugs!!   

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Week 2 - 18th Sept

Jo came to help us this week as Laura is away. We had new key rings on our backpacks to help us identify whose is whose. We stopped at the jumping spot and practised jumping with our backpacks on. At the site we played 'chip chop change' - a partner game. For our learning we chose either making a magic potion and magic stirring stick, or bug hunting or blackberry painting. It was too hot for too many bugs to be out but we found some. We filled in the first few smiley faces on our Forest School learning passport. next week Mrs Underwood is coming with us and we plan to learn how to make small dens.  

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Week 3 - 25th September

Mrs Underwood came with us today and she had a wonderful time seeing her Zebras in their Forest School setting. We stopped at the jumping spot to practice star jumps. On the way up we practised our dribbling skills with crab apples. We played the Tarpaulin game to warm up - you have to have quick reactions!! Then we learnt how to make a small den with y sticks. Lots of fun and concentration and some great finished results. All the children learnt how we carry sticks safely on the Forest School site.      

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Week 4 - 2nd October

Carly came with us today - she might come again and bring Jayden with her, which will be fun . We had coats in back packs so they were quite bulky to carry .In the end we didn't need them! We played mountains and valleys - the mountains won 2 games and one was a draw. On the way to the site Mrs M cut some elder with her loppers. We all learnt how to take the pith out of the elder with tent pegs and screwdrivers. Then we put willow in the end and made bubble blowers. Great fun was had by all. Well done Zebras for your perseverence. It was a tough job. Next week is Harvest but we hope to go to FS in the morning and have a fire!   

Week 5 - 9th Oct. A week by the fire pit. The children learnt how to stay safe when a fire is burning. They also learnt how Mrs M uses paper, kindling, cotton wool pads, vaseline, and tumble drier fluff, then a spark from a fire stick to get the fire going. Everyone whittled a willow stick with a potato peeler and then toasted a marshmallow and then a piece of crumpet. Mrs M had made blackberry jelly for everyone to try. Not everyone was keen! Hot chocolate did go down well though. And .. we all smelt of smoke so got changed before we went down to church to celebrate Harvest Festival.    
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Week 6 - 16th Oct, our last week. We made journey sticks on the way up to Barnfield,and tasted some late blackberries. At the site we practised hand eye co-ordination with bats and conkers. We learnt how to use palm drills to make holes in conkers and crab apples and threaded them onto string to make natural hangers. Some of the boys made a large den, making sure they dragged the long sticks the FS way behind them. We completed our FS passports that show all the new skills we have learnt at Forst School . Well done Zebras!      
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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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