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Forest Fun!

We had lots of fun exploring our new Forest school site this morning.   The children noticed that the river was “going really fast” and had “lots of water in it”. The children thought this might be because it has been raining.

We have been investigating floating and sinking. We collected some stones, sticks, long grass and leaves to experiment which would float and which would sink.

We had lots of fun throwing our stones into the water. We found that the stones sank to the bottom of the river. We discovered that the bigger, heavier stones made a bigger splash sound and made “lots of big circles” and that the smaller, lighter stones made smaller splashes and “little circles” in the water.

 

Next we decided to try our grass and leaves. We discovered that they all floated! The smaller bits of grass and leaves floated away faster than the longer grass. We had lots of fun watching them race down the river. The small grass and leaves won the race!

One of the children made a fantastic boat using a large leaf and some small sticks. We were  so delighted to see it float in the river!

We decided  to explore further up the river and discovered a brilliant slide! We had lots of fun climbing up and sliding back down!

After so much fun, it was time to have a wee snack before heading back to Cart Mill for lunch!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday fun at the forest

Our Friday forest school group had missed a day before the holidays so today they spent their last forest day exploring a new site. The Friday group decided that the new site was FUN! We loved the river, the ducks and the butterflies. We also loved the flowers, snack in the sun, climbing the tree and fishing! We actually loved so many things we can’t list them all. We all agreed that this has been the best forest day ever!

A Sunny Forest School

Today we had the most amazing weather which lit up our forest and wakened up some of the plants and flowers.


The children began exploring and the spotted horseshoe shapes in the mud.

The children loved climbing the tree and they felt so comfortable up there as you can see.


But the real fun was the mud and don’t be surprised if there is still some mud on your child tonight!

Forest fun in the sun

Today was our second day for forest school and we did a great job of remembering the rules; we all stand in a circle called sticky toes.

To mark out our boundaries we make sure we can still see each other.

we had great fun just hanging around.

Before sitting down for a snack of hot chocolate and a biscuit, yum yum.

We had a really time busy digging and investigating the leaves with our magnifying glass.

Even the horses came over to say hello before we left.

Welcome back Forest School!

It might have been a little bit wet, it might have been a little bit windy, it might have deterred some people from visiting the forest but not Cart Mill children, they couldn’t wait to get back out to our muddy, mucky forest. The first thing we had to do was assess any risks. The children looked up to check for loose branches that could have been dislodged by the wind, they looked down to check for branches they could trip over and also for any rubbish that could hurt them. Finally, they looked out to see if there were any jaggy bushes that could scratch their faces. Once we had decided it was safe we played, we climbed, we splashed, we explored and we had FUN!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas..

Our children have had lots of lovely stories to share with us of decorating their Christmas trees at home with their families.  They decided that as we have our very own Cart Mill Christmas tree growing in our garden, we should decorate it!

After much discussion, we decided that we would make our decorations a little different using some of the beautiful pine cones that were kindly dontated to us. Of course at Cart Mill we do love a  little bit of sparkle, so out came the glue and glitter (sorry Michelle!)The children chose their own colour of glitter and ribbon and worked very hard to decorate their pine cones. We then had lots of fun hanging them on our tree. Doesn’t it look beautiful!

A few of our children chatted about the decorations they had outside our houses and some had “special things” on their front door. We had a look at some pictures and decided we would make our very own Cart Mill Christmas wreath.  We had a look around our garden and decided we really needed to collect some “interesting things” to put on our wreath. The children remembered we had seen some leaves and pine cones at our Forest School site so we decided we would go foraging to see what we could find!

The children excitedly changed into their Forest School waterproofs and wellies and we set off, we were so lucky that Val and Blue decided to come with us! Our children had lots of fun foraging and found some beautiful confier foliage, ivy, rosehip and holly.  This sparked lots of interesting discussion on how ivy grows up trees “to touch the sky” and that “holly is very jaggy so you have to be careful” and that “we must  not eat berries we find in the forest” and ” we need to wash our hands when we get back” Great work boys and girls!

We were so excited to start making our wreath. We have been learning about patterns in nature and the children carefully examined all of our leaves and pine cones and spotted lots of different patterns such as “spirals”, “jaggy bits round the edges, they look like triangles” and that our leaves “have lots of different lines on them” you are so clever boys and girls!

We decided to “stick” our different leaves to some cardboard to make our wreath. The children correctly identified we should make our wreath in the shape of a circle. We decided this should be an adult job (with the children giving me some advice on how I should hold my scissors and that I should be careful). We decided to try and stick our leaves with some glue. We were able to glue on our smaller leaves but we needed to do a bit of problem solving as our conifer foliage was  “too heavy and keeps falling off”. We decided we should try to staple on our leaves. We decided this was an adult job and that the children could help by “squashing down Fiona’s hand to make them stick”. The children chose where to place our leaves and of course they decided we must have some extra special sparkle and a great big bow! We had so much fun and our wreath will look fabulous on our outdoor stage.

Finally, yes it has been a very creative week in our garden, we decided to make one last decoration. Paper chains! The children demonstarted excellent team work, sharing and fine motor skills in threading our strips of paper, glueing them together and making sure everyone had a turn. Our children were so clever to identify their own patterns by using different colours in sequence.  We decided to see how long we could make our chain and to see if it would stretch all the way along our garden. Our children proudly held onto their chain and they counted that it was 28 children long! Amazing work boys and girls.

 

We would love you to share any Christmas decorations you have made at home with us.

 

Forest School!

Today was our final week at Forest School so we had some special treats.. Pieces and Sausage, Hot Chocolate and Marshmallows!!

The children have enjoyed visiting the forest over the last 4 weeks and have always been greeted by some friendly visitors..

The children have said that their favourite part of going to the forest has been creating mud monsters.. look at these scary faces!

E, R and S even found some sticks on the ground that they could recognise as letters and numbers.

S – ”Look! it’s like a number 4”

E – ”I have this letter in my name, its a letter Y”

R – ”R is in my name, it’s at the start of it, I can write it too”

 

Forest Fun

Today was the Tuesday Forest School Group’s first day and what fun they had.

Mud was the order of the day and the muddier the better!


Rolling down the hill – dizzy fun!

It is so lovely when the horses hear the children’s voices they come rushing over to see them.

This video captures the excitement and joy of running through the mud.

 

Bye bye Forest!

Our final day in the forest today and the sun shone for us. After a frosty start it turned into the perfect autumnal day, we saw brambles, rose hips and lots of leaves that were starting to get their brown autumn coats. To warm ourselves up we thought hot chocolate and marshmallows would be the order of the day to finish off our Forest adventure. I don’t think we were the only visitors to the forest who wanted some yummy hot chocolate!