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Welcome to Forest Schools

 

Welcome to Forest Schools! 

 

Forest Schools is right at the beginning of our journey at Croft Infant School into providing opportunities to foster children's well being and self confidence by using our natural environment. 

 

Here we will be sharing photographs of some of the lovely activities the children engage in. Keep checking for updates in developing our own Forest Schools site and our co-work with Woodbridge Junior School. 

 

 

 

 

 

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23/05/17 Today in forest Schools Purple class have been getting to know our environment at school. We have played a game called "Woolly Worms and Hungry Birds" where each team had to find the others hidden worms. The children also learnt how to read a basic map to find picture of Freddie our Forest Fox hiding in the area. A lovely day, well done guys! 

Wb 12/05/17 Blue class have been getting to know their Forest school area and rules.

Week beginning 2nd May 2015.

today Year 1 have been learning the boundary  chant at school. We have decorated  our own talking sticks by working in teams. We have also shown respect for our environment by doing a litter sweep.  

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W/C 5th December 2016 Y2 children celebrated their final Forest School session by lighting their own tea light to go inside their Leaf Lanterns made a few weeks ago. Great work everyone!

W/C 5th December 2016 Y2 children celebrated their final Forest School session by lighting their own tea light to go inside their Leaf Lanterns made a few weeks ago. Great work everyone!  1
W/C 5th December 2016 Y2 children celebrated their final Forest School session by lighting their own tea light to go inside their Leaf Lanterns made a few weeks ago. Great work everyone!  2
W/C 5th December 2016 Y2 children celebrated their final Forest School session by lighting their own tea light to go inside their Leaf Lanterns made a few weeks ago. Great work everyone!  3
W/C 5th December 2016 Y2 children celebrated their final Forest School session by lighting their own tea light to go inside their Leaf Lanterns made a few weeks ago. Great work everyone!  4
W/C 5th December 2016 Y2 children celebrated their final Forest School session by lighting their own tea light to go inside their Leaf Lanterns made a few weeks ago. Great work everyone!  5
W/C 5th December 2016 Y2 children celebrated their final Forest School session by lighting their own tea light to go inside their Leaf Lanterns made a few weeks ago. Great work everyone!  6
W/C 5th December 2016 Y2 children celebrated their final Forest School session by lighting their own tea light to go inside their Leaf Lanterns made a few weeks ago. Great work everyone!  7
W/C 5th December 2016 Y2 children celebrated their final Forest School session by lighting their own tea light to go inside their Leaf Lanterns made a few weeks ago. Great work everyone!  8
W/C 5th December 2016 Y2 children celebrated their final Forest School session by lighting their own tea light to go inside their Leaf Lanterns made a few weeks ago. Great work everyone!  9
W/C 5th December 2016 Y2 children celebrated their final Forest School session by lighting their own tea light to go inside their Leaf Lanterns made a few weeks ago. Great work everyone!  10
W/C 5th December 2016 Y2 children celebrated their final Forest School session by lighting their own tea light to go inside their Leaf Lanterns made a few weeks ago. Great work everyone!  11
W/C 5th December 2016 Y2 children celebrated their final Forest School session by lighting their own tea light to go inside their Leaf Lanterns made a few weeks ago. Great work everyone!  12
W/C 5th December 2016 Y2 children celebrated their final Forest School session by lighting their own tea light to go inside their Leaf Lanterns made a few weeks ago. Great work everyone!  13
W/C 5th December 2016 Y2 children celebrated their final Forest School session by lighting their own tea light to go inside their Leaf Lanterns made a few weeks ago. Great work everyone!  14
W/C 5th December 2016 Y2 children celebrated their final Forest School session by lighting their own tea light to go inside their Leaf Lanterns made a few weeks ago. Great work everyone!  15
W/C 5th December 2016 Y2 children celebrated their final Forest School session by lighting their own tea light to go inside their Leaf Lanterns made a few weeks ago. Great work everyone!  16
W/C 5th December 2016 Y2 children celebrated their final Forest School session by lighting their own tea light to go inside their Leaf Lanterns made a few weeks ago. Great work everyone!  17
W/C 5th December 2016 Y2 children celebrated their final Forest School session by lighting their own tea light to go inside their Leaf Lanterns made a few weeks ago. Great work everyone!  18
W/C 5th December 2016 Y2 children celebrated their final Forest School session by lighting their own tea light to go inside their Leaf Lanterns made a few weeks ago. Great work everyone!  19

29/11/16

This week yellow group have had a wonderful morning out in the frost covered woodland. The children were quick to notice and comment on the changes in weather. Some of the children were able to mark make in the frost. They also worked safely showing awareness of the ground and the climbing tree being slippery but this didn't stop our play. 

As it was so cold the children welcomed a drink of hot chocolate. They listened carefully and understand the need for kindling such as birch bark and dried out sticks to help fuel the fire.  Well done guys! 

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Green group have been working on tool use this afternoon. They have learnt how to hold a Hacksaw safely and use it to cut wood. The children have practiced their tool use, tying knots and paint our Forest School sign for our tree. We have talked about only using tools under adult supervision as this can be dangerous. Great work everyone. 

22/11/16

 

This week the children have had a craft session. We have been learning how to tie a clove hitch and a timber hitch using some string and a stick. Some children were successful straight away but most struggled. This was a great  opportunity for the children to demonstrate their perseverance skills and team work. Those who learnt filtered through the rest of the group with support. 

Following this the children made some Leaf Lanterns using some of the natural materials found over these last few weeks. When dry we are going to practice safe fire lighting using the candles to go inside. 

A great days work, well done! 

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This afternoon the children have been learning how to use a hacksaw safely. We ave used these to practice sawing ready for making a wooden sign for our Forest School tree. All children have followed safety rules when using hacksaws. The children also used a spade to replant a rhododendron to make sense for our sheltered area throughout the winter season. 

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This week we have been building shelters for Freddie our Forest Fox. Some children really thought hard about choosing the best place to build their den such as in the Winter den or in the bushes. All children were able to select natural materials and talk about which materials were different parts for the roof or wall. 

Talking about her shelter for Freddie.

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Talking about his den for Forest Freddie.

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W/B 31.10.16

This week we have been using our map reading skills to locate Forest Freddie hissing at our Woodbridge Site. Back at Croft we have replanted a Rhododendron bush and sapling. We found mushrooms and worms in our forest school garden. We spoke about not picking mushrooms and berries linked to our Forest School boundary chant song. Some of us even had a go at tying knots when erecting our shelters. We need to think about making the shelters stronger for stability. 

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In preparation for fire lighting at the end of our theme the children have been playing Duck Duck Goose. This game is designed to keep the children safe during fire work. The children learn to travel around the outside of the circle rather than through the middle.

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The children have enjoyed exploring the new site at Woodbridge. They have also been thinking about to take safe risks - especially at the climbing tree!

The children have enjoyed exploring the new site at Woodbridge. They have also been thinking about to take safe risks - especially at the climbing tree!  1
The children have enjoyed exploring the new site at Woodbridge. They have also been thinking about to take safe risks - especially at the climbing tree!  2
The children have enjoyed exploring the new site at Woodbridge. They have also been thinking about to take safe risks - especially at the climbing tree!  3

w/b 10th Oct 2016 This week we used our map reading skills to find pictures of Freddie our Forest Fox hiding. The children worked hard at reading symbols to help them become familiar with the site.

w/b 10th Oct 2016 This week we used our map reading skills to find pictures of Freddie our Forest Fox hiding. The children worked hard at reading symbols to help them become familiar with the site.  1
w/b 10th Oct 2016 This week we used our map reading skills to find pictures of Freddie our Forest Fox hiding. The children worked hard at reading symbols to help them become familiar with the site.  2
w/b 10th Oct 2016 This week we used our map reading skills to find pictures of Freddie our Forest Fox hiding. The children worked hard at reading symbols to help them become familiar with the site.  3
w/b 10th Oct 2016 This week we used our map reading skills to find pictures of Freddie our Forest Fox hiding. The children worked hard at reading symbols to help them become familiar with the site.  4
w/b 10th Oct 2016 This week we used our map reading skills to find pictures of Freddie our Forest Fox hiding. The children worked hard at reading symbols to help them become familiar with the site.  5
w/b 10th Oct 2016 This week we used our map reading skills to find pictures of Freddie our Forest Fox hiding. The children worked hard at reading symbols to help them become familiar with the site.  6

Meanwhile back at Croft the other group began decorating sticks to hang on our designated Forest School Fir Tree that will be with us all year round.

Meanwhile back at Croft the other group began decorating sticks to hang on our designated Forest School Fir Tree that will be with us all year round. 1
Meanwhile back at Croft the other group began decorating sticks to hang on our designated Forest School Fir Tree that will be with us all year round. 2
Meanwhile back at Croft the other group began decorating sticks to hang on our designated Forest School Fir Tree that will be with us all year round. 3
Meanwhile back at Croft the other group began decorating sticks to hang on our designated Forest School Fir Tree that will be with us all year round. 4
Meanwhile back at Croft the other group began decorating sticks to hang on our designated Forest School Fir Tree that will be with us all year round. 5

It also began to rain so we had an exploratory play using the tarpaulins and ropes.

It also began to rain so we had an exploratory play using the tarpaulins and ropes. 1
It also began to rain so we had an exploratory play using the tarpaulins and ropes. 2
It also began to rain so we had an exploratory play using the tarpaulins and ropes. 3
It also began to rain so we had an exploratory play using the tarpaulins and ropes. 4
It also began to rain so we had an exploratory play using the tarpaulins and ropes. 5
It also began to rain so we had an exploratory play using the tarpaulins and ropes. 6
It also began to rain so we had an exploratory play using the tarpaulins and ropes. 7
It also began to rain so we had an exploratory play using the tarpaulins and ropes. 8
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