FOUNDATION STAGE GT SUMMER 2014 at Stannington Infant School
"A friendly, creative, environment for learning together"
Stannington Infant School
Stannington Road, Sheffield S6 6AN
0114 234 4401


Week 1

Icebreaker:- 123 where are you? Scavenger hunt/ texture trail.

Playing 123 where are you helps the children learn about our Forest School rules and boundaries. The children explore our site then when they hear 123 where are you they stop, reply 123 I'm over here, then go straight back to our meeting area (decking). Using printed sheets the children went on a texture trail, they looked for different natural objects. A shiny leaf, rough bark on a tree and much more, then they looked for different blossom and tried to identify them.

Science Focus:- Senses

Our science focus was the senses. We listened to the Gruffalo story then went off to do different activities. The first involved sight. In teams the children had to find small coloured cubes hidden in the field. When all the blocks were found we talked about which colour was the hardest to find, green was the hardest to find in the green grass. We then sat quietly and listened to sounds around us. We heard dogs barking, cars, a bus and tools. The next activity used our sense of smell. The children were given a pot and asked to put ingredients in to make a smelly cocktail. After Flory cast her magic our cocktails smelt of Polo mints, pudding, marzipan and lots of other things.

Mini-Beast Hunt/ ID

Bug hunting. All the children love bug hunting. After finding bugs the children had to identify what they had found using ID books. We use a brush and a pot so we don’t hurt the bugs. Slugs, snails, worms and woodlice were some of the bugs we found. We used magnifying glasses to look closely at the bugs.

Art:- using mud and natural materials make an insect

After lunch we added mud to our cocktails to make paint. We used sticks to paint bugs.

Tree of Life Game

We went on to the field to play The Tree of Life game. This game helps us understand why we need trees to live. Some children became trees. Some children held their breath running between trees. This gets harder as our trees are cut down. The last tree standing was an oak tree, will the woodcutter let it live? The children tell the wood cutter why the tree should not be cut down. A few of the reasons to let our tree live:

• The animals won’t have anywhere to live.

• If the animals die so will we.

• We won’t have any oxygen to breath.

• There won’t be any bugs for the animals to eat.

We made mini-beasts from natural materials. Spiders, butterflies, bugs with lots of legs. A centipede with 100 legs. A worm - it went on and on, from the top of the field to the bottom. It was over 150 footsteps long.

Week 2

Nature trail:- the children use their sense of sight to look for objects on a set trail.

The children used their observational skills to find objects as they followed arrows around our garden. After our first walk round we all met up on the deck to talk about what we had spotted. The children had spotted different things but not everything. We asked the children what they knew about camouflage, then showed them some pictures of insects that were camouflaged in their surroundings. The children then followed the same trail for a second time. When we regrouped the children had spotted many more objects.

Science:- mini beast observation and ID.

We went on a mini-beast hunt and then identified what we found in books. After we drew the mini-beasts and wrote something about them.

Tool work:- Bow-saw, the children cut disks of wood using a bow-saw.

After a tool safety talk the children cut a disk of wood using a bow-saw.

Tools Talks Procedures:

• This is a BOWSAW

• This is the handle

• This is the blade

• This is the blade cover

• I take the cover off like this

• This is the cutting edge

• When I have finished sawing I put the blade cover back on like this

• I hold the bow saw like this

• I walk with the bow saw like this

• I pass the bow saw like this

• When I am not using the bow saw I put it down with the blade facing in and the handle facing out like this

• I use the bow saw to cut anything bigger than a 2 pence piece

• When I use the bow saw I use it two arms and a tool away like this

• When I have finished using the bow saw I put it in the designated place or back in the toolbox provided

• No gloves on Tool - Glove on non sawing hand

Science:- investigating owl pellets.

The children have been finding out about what owls eat. To do this we dissected Tawny Owl pellets. The children found lots of small bones. They then tried to identify what the owl had eaten.

Den building:- using natural materials build a home for the Gruffalo.

The children worked in teams to build a den for the Gruffalo. They used natural materials that we found in the garden. Each group had different ideas for their dens. A home for a Gruffalo.

Cooking:- Gruffalo crumble.

The children took it in turns to peel apples and cut up rhubarb grown in our garden. We have to be very careful when we use sharp knives. A topping was made for the crumble. We all enjoyed eating Gruffalo crumble.

At the end of the day we tidied the garden and cut up dry bread to feed the birds. Then we had to weed the vegetable beds. We wrote words for our Forest School song. Each verse has to rhyme.

Week 3

Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Rainbow wraps. Tool handling: using box graters and knives.

Children in lots of schools are making rainbow wraps with Jamie Oliver. This is how we did it:

We learnt how to chop different coloured cabbages carefully with a knife. We peeled and grated carrots and beetroot. ...and then we went to the farm...

Nature walk to Mrs Simpson’s farm. Science focus: Our senses, what we can see, hear, smell and find on the way.

On the way we stopped to use our senses. We heard some cars, a bird and an aeroplane. Down the lane we can see where we will be walking. Who can find the longest blade of grass? At the bridge we wondered where was the troll? We heard the water and found the smallest, smoothest stone. Neville helped us find the name of the yellow wild flowers. They are Yellow Arch Angel, a member of the nettle family. There were bluebells on the way. Wild flowers need to stay growing and not be picked. We were very careful climbing the stiles. Seth said “someone might have left a tap on?” as there was water coming out of the wall. In the field we had a rest in the long grass, then down the lane where we heard some horses.... Miss Tryno fed the horse an apple. The bluebells smelt beautiful.

At the farm: Safety talk, looking around the site.

Mrs Simpson told us where we can go and how to stay safe at the farm.

Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Day: Make and eat our rainbow wraps.

At the farm we added pear and cheese and took it turns to mix our rainbow salad.....and sat in the sun to eat them.

Bluebell drawing.

We looked very closely at the bluebells and drew what we saw in our art books.

We made our way back to school and on the way we had a well deserved rest and a drink at the top of the hill.

Week 4

This week we decided to stay at school due to heavy rain and fog. After watching FSB’s assembly we set up our activities in the hall. We were lucky that by break time the rain had stopped and we were able to continue outside.

Science: changing materials: Buttermaking. Once again we were very lucky to welcome Ann to make butter with us. Ann explained what went into butter and how to make it. We all took turns to help make our own butter. We used milk, double cream and a little salt to make butter. We took it in turns to push the plunger up and down in the butter churn. Slate shook his pot with the butter mix in. We used garlic and Rosemary to flavour the butter. The children used wooden paddles to mould playdough into butter shapes. After lots of plunging and shaking we made butter. We took care to cut up bread to put our butter on. Eating our bread and butter tastes much better when we’ve made it ourselves.

Investigating mini-beasts featured in our mini-beast song. ‘Follow the Silver Trail’. The children looked in information books for facts about mini-beasts. We recorded our findings.

Snail racing. Did you know a snail can travel up to 50 meters in an hour?

Planting seeds. We planted carrots, beetroot, beans and cauliflowers. We will cook and eat them when they grow.

Art: making flower crowns. Neville showed us how to make woodland crowns. Don’t they look lovely?

Building a shelter to keep us dry. Each group designed and built a home for a Gruffalo.

Week 5

Our last week at Forest School involved:

  • Whittling sticks to toast marshmallows.
  • Making a 3D map of the walk from school to the farm.
  • Collecting and grading sticks for the fire.
  • Design and build a den for the children to sit in.
  • Looking at the badger set.

Please click on the link to see our last week:  Week 5 FSGT


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