FOUNDATION STAGE GB SUMMER 2013 at Stannington Infant School
"A friendly, creative, environment for learning together"
Stannington Infant School
Stannington Road, Sheffield S6 6AN
0114 234 4401


Week 1
Welcome to our first Forest School session.  Over the next six weeks we will be learning about our senses through Forest School activities.........
Today our sense was sight.  We went on a nature trail and had to use our observation skills to look for objects that had been put there.  We followed arrows.....the centipede was easy to spot.  We talked about camouflage and how and why bugs camouflage themselves.

We went on a texture trail.  We touched furry moss and silky flower petals, rough tree roots and rigid bark.

After lunch we planted pea seeds and went looking for minibeasts.  We all planted pea seeds and will record their growth on a chart.  We looked for minibeasts under logs.

To finish our first day we played the woodcutter game:

Why is it important to look after trees?

If all our trees are cut down, what happens to all the animals that depend on trees?

We all had a wonderful day using our sense of sight.  See you all next week.

Week 2

Our first activity was the web of life.  This activity helps us understand how animals impact on the natural ecosystem.

This week our sense was touch.  We used clay to make characters from the Gruffalo.   The children described what the clay felt like:

“clay is cold, wet, squidgy, smooth”

Making a fairy or elf house:

Last night the fairies and elves that live in our garden had their homes ruined by a terrible rain storm and needed our help to rebuild their homes. They gave us a must have list.

They must have :

  • A bedroom with beds and blankets.
  • A kitchen with pots and pans.
  • A garden for the elf children with swings and a slide.
  • A garage to keep their snail cars in.
  • Last but most importantly they need a surgery for treating sick woodland creatures.

We all worked hard to make our fairy houses and all our houses were different.  We had little pictures to remind us who our housed were for.

Today we all used a bow saw to cut a disc ready to make a puppet. All the children were given a safety talk before they used the bow-saw.  We had to concentrate so that we cut straight.  The discs were sorted into size for the different parts of the body.  We threaded different size discs to make the puppets body.

We planted potatoes and 1A came to show us how big their broad beans had grown.  Mrs Gillott helped them plant the beans in the garden and they were planted firm in the ground so they wouldn’t blow over.  After planting, we gave them plenty of water.  We all helped to weed the raised beds.

At the end of a very busy day we planted herb seeds.  We watered the compost which makes the compost swell.  We planted basil and coriander.  The seeds were very different in colour and size.  We sprinkled the seeds onto the compost and made sure the seed labels are in the right place so that we know what we have planted.

Week 3

Our sense this week was hearing.  We made musical instruments from things we found in the garden. Our instruments represented characters from the Gruffalo.  Amelia made a xylophone to hang in a tree. Harriet made a drum.  Erin made claves for the snake.  Every child in FSGB mace an instrument please look at the photos in the classroom.

On the field we made listening maps. We sat quietly at different reference points on the field and then recorded what we heard.   We all enjoyed spending time sitting quietly.   We could choose to work as a group or with a friend.  We shared our findings with the class.

At snack time we looked at magazines from the RSPB called the “Wild Times”.  We looked at lovely posters.

We all joined together to play our instruments in our very own Gruffalo chorus.  Mouse, fox, owl, snake and the Gruffalo.   The children chose where to play their instruments. William played his xylophone in among the trees.  

Find your flock.  We gave the children different bird calls, quack, cuckoo, pink-pink and teacher- teacher. They then flew round the field calling to find other members of their flock.

Week 4

Earlier this week the children had a visit to the town centre so that they could compare where we live and what it is like in the town.

Today we walked to the farm.  We stopped in four different places, asked our adults to ask questions and to note down the children's response.

Spoon Lane - What noises can you hear? What can you smell?  What can you see? What is the longest blade of grass you can find?

The Bridge - What noises can you hear?  Wht can you smell?  What can you see?  Can you find the smallest, smoothest stone?

The Field - What noises can you hear?  What can you smell?  What can you see?  Can you find two different shaped leaves?

The Lane - What noises can you hear?  What can you smell?  What can you see?  How many different flowers can you see?  How many different animals can you see/hear?  Can you find the water coming out of the wall?

We used our senses and spotted an X on a cut down tree. We saw two different types of ivy growing on a tree.  We saw ducks and heard water running.  

We walked in single file on the road and climbed over stiles.  At the farm we all had our milk and snack round the fire circle.  We explored the site and activities and had fun on the mud slide.  We listened to the sap rising in a tree (the tree's heart beat).  We built a den to keep the wind and rain out before we went bug hunting.  

We enjoyed ourselves even in the rain!

Week 5

This week's first challenge was to identify places at our Forest School site from obscure photographs.  Some places were easier to find than others.  

We could then choose different activities - Taya chose bug hunting.  We showed our friends what we found.  A spider, ant eggs, a slug.  We found a rabbit hole and Amber made a bug house.  Others chose den building, some had a go at target practise.  Mrs Barker read a story about a spider meeting other bugs.  After the story the children made their own bugs.  Lots of bugs were made from natural materials.  We made all kinds of bugs, some big, some small and our Forest School Reporter recorded what bugs the children made.  The children also made drawings of their bugs.  

We boiled some water on the fire to make hot chocolate.  More please, that was good!

Week 6

We started the day using our sense of sight.  We played a relay game taking it in turns to find coloured cubes hidden on the field.  The running around kept us warm and the rain did not dampen anyone's spirits. Our next sense was hearing.  We all listened to noises around us.  This was not easy with the wind.  

We were not alone, the Guffalo characters and Florry our Forest School friend were with us.

We used our sense of smell to make smelly cocktails. When we had all made a cocktail we waited for magic to happen.  Florry sprinkled fairy dust over us and we all kep our eyes tightly shut. Mrs Simpson poured magic water on to our cocktails.  Wow!  It smells like pudding.  Florry's magic had worked.  The children used their smelly cocktails to paint with.  They used sticks instead of brushes.  

Some of the children went bug hunting - one of their favourite activities.  The cabbage and the cauliflowers we planted have started to grow.

After lunch we decided to stay inside as it was very cold and wet outside.  The children used potato peelers to whittle elder sticks and some dissected owl pellets and spent a long time finding different bones in them.  We found out that the pellets came from different types of owl.  The barn owl and the tawny owl.  The size of the bones were very different from each owl.  

We finished the day off with "The Woodcutter Game" which reminded the children about the forest and why we need trees. 

Even though the weather was not kind to us we still enjoyed ourselves!

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