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St Matthew's CE Primary School

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Forest School Blog

Hello! Welcome to our Forest School Blog.  We will be updating this page frequently so that you can see what we have been up to in the forest. 

 Mrs O and Mrs P - the 'Forest school Fairies' (aka The Forest School Team)

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  • Rainbows 22.10.21

    Published 22/10/21, by Rhiannon Searle

    Rainbows enjoyed making wands in Forest School today. Some of the children tried whittling 'green' wood using peelers. They paid close attention when listening to the safety talk at the beginning of the session. The children were also fascinated with the 'scramble' net, and some of them had a go at climbing on it. All of the children were busy and engaged throughout the session. 

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  • Willow Class 21.10.21

    Published 22/10/21, by Rhiannon Searle

    Willow Class enjoyed completing lots of different activities today. Some of the children were hunting for worms, and building a 'hotel' for them. Lots of the children enjoyed den building and creating performances in them. The tools were also used to split wood and crack chestnuts. It was lovely to see the variety of activities that were taking place, and the children's imaginative play was fantastic!

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  • Apple Class 21.10.21

    Published 21/10/21, by Rhiannon Searle

    Apple Class really enjoyed trying the baked bananas and chocolate today. We cooked them on the fire, and they were delicious! Some of the children tried fire lighting, and others were happy making clay models and using the wool to make decorations. Most of the children were excited to use the 'scramble net', and we ended the session with a group game. 

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  • Oak Class 20.10.21

    Published 20/10/21, by Rhiannon Searle

    Oak Class were using the 'bow' saw today to make 'wood cookies'. They decorated the 'wood cookies' using pens. Some of the children wanted to put their 'wood cookie' creations in the classroom prayer area. After cutting the wood, most of the children were playing on the 'scramble' net, and some were using the wool to decorate crosses they had made out of sticks. The children were very creative today, and were all busy making things or playing. 

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  • Sycamore Class 20.10.21

    Published 20/10/21, by Rhiannon Searle

    Sycamore enjoyed using the knives to whittle wood into pencils and wands. Coben used the palm drill to make a hole in his whittled wood so that he could put charcoal in it to make it into a pencil. Some of the children tried to light the fire, but unfortunately the weather stopped them from doing this. The children did enjoy having hot chocolate and lots of them were using the 'scramble net'. 

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  • Beech Class 19.10.21

    Published 20/10/21, by Rhiannon Searle

    Beech Class enjoyed playing lots of group games today. Some of the children decided to used the 'bow saw' to cut wood, and others wanted to whittle using the knives. They also enjoyed using the soft toys on the 'scramble net' and were bouncing them around on it. 

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  • Willow Class 14.10.21

    Published 20/10/21, by Rhiannon Searle

    Willow Class enjoyed making things in Forest School today. Some of the children used clay to make woodland animals, and others whittled wood to make wands. The children also enjoyed den building and using the 'scramble' net. 

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  • Apple Class 14.10.21

    Published 14/10/21, by Rhiannon Searle

    Today Apple Class worked together to build a 'Sukkah'. They have been learning about the festival of Sukkot in class, and using the natural resources they could find outside, they built a 'Sukkah'. Some of the children made some lovely decorations for the shelter out of leaves. Charlie layered leaves to make a beautiful flower.

    After building the 'Sukkah' the children enjoyed using the 'scramble' net and playing a group game. 

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  • Sycamore 12.10.21

    Published 12/10/21, by Rhiannon Searle

    Sycamore enjoyed making toast on the fire. Some of the children helped to set up the fire, and then everyone (who wanted to cook), had a chance to cook the bread.  A few children also tried whittling, and the others enjoyed playing on the 'Scramble' net. It was a lovely session, and the children were all focused and excited to cook something new on the fire. 

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  • 12.10.21

    Published 12/10/21, by Rhiannon Searle

    Beech class enjoyed cooking apples on the fire today. Sophie had brought some in and was keen to boil them on the main fire. Some of the other children tried to get the 'Kelly' kettles going, but they were unable to keep them going because they hadn't collected enough dry kindling. 

    Beech class played some group games, and they had a go at den building too. The session was slightly shorter due to the 'Bikeability' workshops. 

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  • Rainbows 8.10.21

    Published 08/10/21, by Rhiannon Searle

    Rainbows were really helpful today.  A cheeky squirrel has been building a home in the Forest School trolley and chewing up the bags. The children decided to go and make some dens/homes for the squirrel. The children worked well together to move large logs and branches to form their dens. Some of the children used clay to make the homes.

    We then played a game of 'bat and moth' and the 'honey bear' game which the children enjoyed. They took turns sensibly. 

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  • Willow 8.10.21

    Published 08/10/21, by Rhiannon Searle

    Willow Class enjoyed making and trying 'nettle tea' yesterday, some of the children liked it, and others did not. The children built some great dens with a parent helper, and they also enjoyed using the 'scramble net'. The children were very focused and engaged throughout the session, and they enjoyed playing a group game of 'sheep and wolves' at the start of the session. 

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