Inspired by the story of ‘Stone Soup’ the children have designed 2D houses out of found materials and created some soup of their own. They’ve also built a willow den, birds nests, planted runner beans and potatoes, made butterflies after watching how colour separates and sorted minibeasts.
Among other things the kids have been making sculptures, pond dipping in the stream, climbing trees, ‘abseiling’, adventuring, making playgrounds, finding fossils … and a skull!
I hope some of you made it down to Sladebank Woods and the ‘green lane’ for the sculpture trail. It was a lovely event that included the work of several classes. Adventurine created Papier Mache sculptures, Amber made mobiles, Quartz made their creations directly in the woods, Rainbow threaded popcorn to make tree hangings that benefited the birds and Sunshine sculpted clay creatures. We had a wonderful morning in the woods with children from Severn View Academy. Thank you to Martin Jakes from Sladebank Woods and Mr Scott who organised the event.
Much fun had at Forest School this term. From colour separation filter paper butterflies to using the story of ‘Stone Soup’ to inspire 2D house building, village decorating and soup mixing it’s been wonderful watching the children grow in confidence and have ownership of their site.
Amber kids have filled their session times with a variety of different activities ranging from measuring trees the Native American way and playing mini-beast Top Trumps to creating sculptures, eating popcorn cooked on the fire, forming creatures out of clay, designing fairy playgrounds and hunting for hidden pottery in the Heavens. They have bucket loads of imagination and are always full of ideas as to what they would like to do. If you scroll down the albums you’ll see information about the biodegradable sculpture trail they have made mobiles for.
Rainbow have been busy these last couple of months at Forest School. The yarn strung up between the trees was an exciting obstacle course consisting of ‘laser beams’ they couldn’t touch. They have also created a bird feeder tree, made flags in extreme wind and continued their love of balancing games with the tyres. Some children have also helped to strengthen the willow tunnel by planting willow whilst others have planted rosemary cuttings.
As well as creating clay creatures for the sculpture trail, the children have been making music in the rain, stacking tyres, creating habitats, exploring mini-beasts, creating mud feasts as well as their own crazy games!
Kids from Amber, Rainbow and Sunshine have been creating biodegradable sculptures for the biodegradable sculpture trail at Sladebank Woods this weekend. Rainbow’s popcorn feeders and Sunshine’s clay creatures will adorn the Green Lane between Middle Street and Chapel Street,and Amber’s mobiles will be hung up in the woods behind Summer Crescent. Year 4 will be decorating the woods with their sculptures on Friday along with a class from Severn View as part of a community art project! Do go along and have a look on Saturday if you can.
We have had a wonderful couple of sessions in the Heavens in a new base camp. The first group had a beautiful frosty day, but the rain didn’t damper the spirits of the second group – fun was had with the mud, mud, mud!
Sunshine kids had a session on fire safety and using the kelly kettle for the last session of term. They enjoyed their hot chocolate, stories and songs!
Rainbow group enjoyed a fire, hot chocolate and marshmallows for their last session of the term. The kids also had a go at using the flint!
On a extremely rainy day Amber class kids were challenged with constructing tarp shelters to keep themselves dry. Some kids turned their shelters into homes, others turned them into water features. The other half of Amber had a much drier experience!
Sunshine kids have been enjoying making hedgehogs out of pinecones (thanks to the birds for donating a few peanuts for eyes!). Here are some pics of their creations as well as a couple of other pics of bulb planting and playing in a den that Amber kids built.
Pretend campfires, den building, bulb planting, using the saw and making tealight holders are a few of the things Rainbow children have done this half term so far.
Since half term Amber kids have had the option to use tools such as saws, drills and secateurs to create a bug hotel. First guests arriving soon! Picture of bug hotel to follow. In the meantime, here are some kids sawing.
The children have enjoyed getting to know their Forest School site. They are very enthusiastic bug hunters! They have also played listening games, used clay to create faces on trees, made elf houses, planted seeds and fed the birds.
Here are some photographs from the first half term. We’ve enjoyed so many fun activities including using clay, making blackberry wood-stain, creating homes for small mammals, playing listening games, hammering out leaf prints, and using found objects to create creatures.
Each group has had one session onsite and two offsite so far this year. We’ve made blackberry wood-stain, built tall twig towers as high as we could to see if we could balance a raw egg on top, made mythical creatures out of found objects and told stories about them,and made broomsticks for Halloween!
Rainbow at Forest School
25 May 2017
The children in Sunshine have been so busy this half term. They have used coffee filters to watch colour separate and then turned them into butterflies, they have sorted minibeasts and counted legs, ‘camped out’ as explorers, planted beans and sweet peas, made ‘Stone Soup’, decorated a ‘village’ and made 2D houses. They are really enjoying the lush Forest School site bedecked in all its green finery.
28 March 2017
Amber class have been collecting natural materials in the Heavens and making mobiles ready for the biodegradable sculpture train in Sladebank Woods this weekend. Year 4 children from Severn View and Stroud Valley will be making sculptures in the woods this Friday, but other classes have also been making sculptures for the year 4s to take with them. If you would like to see what the kids have been doing then do head up to Sladebank woods this Saturday. You can access them from the park on Summer Crescent.
Amber Class Bug Hotel
21 November 2016
Amber kids have been building a bug hotel and using tools. They have used different materials such as bamboo, dead wood,pots and leaves to provide a habitat to suit many different species. I will post a picture of the finished bug hotel soon!
A Midsummer Night's Dream
15 July 2016
To celebrate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death The Cotswold Players came in to perform an abridged version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It was fantastic, they started off by insulting Mrs Golding with lots of The Bard’s cutting words! Then they got the children to be the characters and we were submerged into a world of fairies and love potions. We were enthralled.
Evening Camp Fire
27 April 2016
Amber and Amethyst class returned to school one evening last term and had a great time around the camp fire singing songs and having a bedtime story.
16 March 2016
Great news….Great tits are nesting in one of our nesting boxes, the bulbs we planted will be flowering soon, the willow arch is sprouting, everything is coming to life at our Forest school site, it is looking really good. Ask your children what they have been doing in their sessions, we have great fun learning in an outdoor environment.
25 February 2016
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