The walk down to the woods was very squishy and slippery due to the rain earlier in the day, as we walked down the path there was lots of giggling going on as some of the children and teachers found it very slippery. We sat around the fire circle and went over the fire circle rules, talking about why we need to be safe at forest school.
We had ice hanging in the trees and blocks of ice on the floor to investigate, we also had descriptive words hanging in the trees, we encouraged the children to describe the feel and texture of the ice. We had small hammers to break the ice up and talked about what makes the ice melt. Some of the children wanted to use the ice in the mud kitchen; others wanted to look closely at the ice with magnifying glasses.
The rope swing was good fun, it is lovely to put your head back and look up into the canopy, even the teachers enjoy using the rope swing.
We ended the session around the fire circle reflecting on what we enjoyed at forest school and what we would like to do next week.
Wednesday, 22 November – We were unable to go to the woodland area as the weather was proving to be a big problem with strong winds, so we decided to take a walk to the willow dome on the school grounds. The children all enjoyed running down the slope towards the willow dome, the wind was blowing the leaves high into the air which we all thought was great fun trying to catch them, we kicked the leaves watching the wind get hold of them still trying to catch the leaves in our hands.
The willow dome is in need of some attention so we decided to use the loppers and cut some of the willow. We were able to bend the willow and shape it into a circle, we also used the willow as a fishing rod, and Mrs Sykes even made a butterfly. We have collected some of the willow to use at forest school next week to make a Christmas Wreath.
Once we had collected our willow we walked back to the nursery and prepared a yummy meal for the birds that visit our garden. We mixed up some bird seed, bread and lard giving it a good stir and used our hands to push the mixture into small containers, coconut shells and fir cones to hang in the trees in the garden. We talked about feeding the birds over the winter months as the birds are unable to peck at the ground to find wiggly worms or find insects to feed off due to the cold weather giving them lots of energy to keep warm.