Whittling away the morning in Year 6! 6.12.19
Holly class got into some serious whittling at Forest School, with some great hazel sticks. They used potato peelers and worked methodically to create some lovely carved pencil points. Other groups spent time in the school grounds orienteering and developed some fantastic map reading skills. The clock was against them so they had to be quick to find all 12 flags! Read more
In Monkey Puzzle class, the children learnt how to tie a range of knots using a great website called ‘Animated Step by Step Knotting’. They discovered that there are a number of expert knotters in the class who soon started teaching others to tie some tricky knots. Ms Elliot is very talented at plaiting, so she taught some complicated plaiting skills. Outside, the children played Bat and Moth, a game that taught them about how bats use echo location.
Year 6 Ebony class spent the morning at Forest School making miniature homes for animals in the woods… and then creating a mud slide! Thanks to the waterproofs provided by the PTA, they could get as muddy as they liked! We ended the morning with a delicious and warming cup of hot chocolate – what a morning! In the afternoon, groups played Bat and Moth, while others completed a Forest School quiz or wrote a Forest School rap!
Monkey Puzzle enjoyed getting into the groove making music in the woods today! They used old plastic bins and water-butts as drums and sticks from the woods to beat out a rhythm. Some drummers accompanied singers too. To finish the end of our Forest School session, we enjoyed a Christmas sing-song in the sunshine.
Redwood class had a busy afternoon both in and out of the classroom today. They took part in a carousel of activities which included: practising tying different knots (including the over-hand knot and the figure of eight knot), playing a memory game with natural items called Kim’s Game, making Stickmen and women based on the story ‘Stickman’ by Julia Donaldson and playing a game called ‘ Bat and Moth’ using echo location! Bats use echo location to find food in the dark; they send out sound waves which produce echoes when they hit an object.
Year 5 braved the elements today and enjoyed getting muddy! Despite the persistent rain, we made a fire, lit matches, cooked delicious smores, whittled hazel sticks and practised striking with a flint and steel. We even managed to practise the Year 5 Christmas songs around the fire in the pouring rain! Now that’s resilience!
Fir Class had loads of fun in the woods creating their tree monsters to keep the wicked witch away from the woods. They listened to a traditional tale about tree monsters and then made their own. Some were left hidden in the trees – others were taken home!
In addition to completing an orienteering challenge today at Forest School, Year 6 built shelters in the woods, lit a fire and cooked deliciously gooey smores (melted marshmallows squished in-between biscuits), played an amazing Squirrel and Acorn game and created a music area with some cool drumming beats! Roro, the teddy, joined us too – well, it was Children in Need day!
Ebony class were set an orienteering challenge today at Forest School! Each team was given a plan of the school and the grounds. Twelve points were identified on the map and they had to find them as quickly as they could. It certainly helped to develop their skills in orienteering and collaboration.
Monkey Puzzle class made a fantastic fire at Forest School today and they all had a go at cooking a marshmallow on a whittled hazel stick. Once the marshmallows were cooked, we squished them between 2 Rich Tea biscuits – and enjoyed eating the gooey, sticky smores – delicious!
Bonsai class (Year 5) learnt how to strike a match safely at Forest School. It was a bit nerve-wracking for some of the children who haven’t ever lit a match before but everyone showed great reliance in the cold and damp conditions. We talked about fire safety and the importance of never lighting matches without adult supervision. Afterwards, we enjoyed a warming cup of hot chocolate and some games in the woods!
At Forest School, Redwood created crazy tree monsters using clay and natural objects from the woods, such as berries, fir-cones and feathers. Every season, nature offers us a visual drama and winter is no exception. The spooky silhouettes of gnarly branches provided us with amazing hiding places for our monsters!
Holly class enjoyed whittling in the glorious sunshine at Forest School on Friday. Whittling is a meditative process and good for quiet contemplation and reflection. When they weren’t whittling, Year 6 wrote spells based on The Witches Song from Shakespeare’s Macbeth and concocted magic potions using a range of natural ‘found’ items in the woods and herbs such as rosemary, sage, bay leaves and garlic!
Year 5 challenged themselves by using potato peelers to whittle hazel branches. They learnt about positioning themselves in a safe stance and the importance of the safety bubble when using tools.
Year 5 had a fantastic day, building and lighting a fire which was great fun! They learned about the fire triangle and the safety aspects of lighting a fire. We had a chilly start to the day so those children who had layers and hats and gloves really appreciated having them.