Wednesday 27th November 2019
Last week it was World Nursery Rhyme Week. We enjoyed it so much that we decided to carry it on this week! Today, Mrs Clift went to Forest School and hid lots of baskets which contained Nursery Rhyme characters and cards. We kept our eyes peeled on the way in and saw lots of baskets. We sat in the campfire circle and then went off in pairs to find one. When we had found the basket, we took it back to our friends. Mrs Smith gave us some clues and we had to guess which character it was. We then sang along and joined in with the actions. We must have been good singers as we were joined by some birds who came to sit in the nearby Elder tree and listened to us!
Wednesday 20th November 2019
Lately, the weather has started to turn a little colder. We wanted to do something to help the birds who might start getting hungry now that the berries are disappearing and the worms are hiding underground in the warm soil! We used coconut oil and lard with sunflower seeds to make some pine cone bird feeders. We then hung them around the Forest School area.
Wednesday 13th November 2019
On our way to Forest School we collected lots of sticks. When we got there, we looked around to see if we could find shapes in the natural environment. We found circles, squares, rectangles and even some triangles. We then used the sticks to make shapes of our own.
Wednesday 6th November 2019
To celebrate Firework night we made our own stick sparklers. We hunted for sticks, attached some sparkly tinsel and had great fun making big circles and ups and downs with our ‘sparklers’.
Wednesday 30th October 2019
Today we used a hand drill to make our pumpkins into squirrel feeders. We took the pumpkins to Forest school. We then had a race to see who could collect the most leaves. We filled two big bags up with leaves and then threw the bags in the air to create a leaf storm. We enjoyed kicking and throwing the leaves to create our own leaf storms.
Wednesday 16th October 2019
Today we followed a glitter trail left by the Autumn Fairy. We followed the trail and used our information sheets to work out the names of the trees. We had to look at the leaves, the buds, the flowers and the trunk to work out which type of tree it was. We took some of the leaves back to use on the light table.
Wednesday 9th October 2019
It was wet and windy at Forest School today. We sheltered under a huge tarp and protected ourselves from the weather. We spent some time threading pipe cleaners around the pine cones to make pine cone spiders. On the way back to nursery we splashed through puddles and found a wobbly bit of grass!
Wednesday 2nd October 2019
Today, Nursery spent some time setting up the continuous areas of provision in the Forest School. We carried the mud for the Mud Kitchen and took the box of books for the Reading Den on a large trolley. It was difficult pulling it through the long, wet grass! We also carried buckets of water for the Nature Potions. Our focused activity for today was making ‘leaf creatures’. The children spent some time collecting items and used them to make creatures. We added our own google eyes and made up names for the creatures. The children always enjoy using the magnifying glasses to look for minibeasts. We found a very hairy caterpillar and a spider joined us whilst we were making our leaf creatures!
Wednesday 25th September 2019
Nursery have had a really busy afternoon today. First of all they took some time to walk around the nursery garden and then headed up to Forest School to look for autumn treasures. The children observed the changing colours of the trees. They also found hundreds of brightly coloured berries on the trees.
Then the children worked together, as a team, to start to build a ‘Mini beast Mansion’. Each child added something to the Minibeast hideaway and enjoyed seeing the ‘Mansion’ take shape.
The 'Minibeast Mansion' is already a great hit and we have welcomed our first visitors. Can you spot them in the photographs below? It looks like it is going to be a popular spot!
Wednesday 11th September 2019
It was Nursery’s first visit to Forest School today. They played games, ran in the trees, rolled tyres, made music, read a story and had a picnic! They also spotted a frog and a tiny newt. I wonder if they will have any visitors next week?