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Wild Woods

This year, our Reception and Year 1 children will spend every Friday afternoon exploring and learning in the Wild Woods with Mrs Leaf, Mrs Rouse the Robin and Mrs Nut.  The other classes will all enjoy some sessions later in the year.

"The best classroom and the richest cupboard is roofed only by the sky."  Margaret McMillan

If you go down to the woods today...

Spring Term 2022

14.1.2022

🍃🍂It was so lovely to be back in the sunny☀️woods this afternoon-it was just what we all needed after a busy week. Today the children enjoyed bug hunting, tree climbing, digging, cooking in the mud kitchen and swinging in the hammock. They also had the opportunity to explore some musical instruments and create their own jingle sticks using wire, beads and jingly bells. We finished our session with a snack in the base camp den built by some of the children. 

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7.1.2022

This week we talked about all the changes we might see in the woods now that it is Winter. We thought about how Winter is a difficult time for the wild animals and birds in our wood and what we could do to help them. We then spent the first part of the afternoon making bird feeders using lard, seeds, raisins, apples and coconut shells. We spent the second part of the afternoon hanging the bird feeders in the woods and playing owl eyes. 🦉  

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Autumn Term 2021

26.11.2021

HAPPY BIRTHDAY RUBY BEAR!  Today we were excited to celebrate Ruby Bear's 6th birthday in the woods.  We enjoyed creating birthday crowns using the beautiful autumn leaves and other natural treasures, swinging with Ruby Bear (and Mrs Jackson!) in the hammock, building Ruby Bear a birthday camp, climbing the tree and helping Mrs Rouse the Robin to plant some bulbs and clear the leaves from the path.  We finished our session by singing 'happy birthday', eating the cupcakes we made yesterday, drinking delicious hot chocolate and dancing in the hail stones!  What a super afternoon! 

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19.11.2021

Today we were all very excited to discover 2 hammocks waiting for us in the Wild Woods. We listened carefully to the safety talk and made some agreements together to ensure we all understand how to stay safe when playing in them.  Then it was time for some swinging fun!  There was lots of giggling and some great teamwork.

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We also continued to explore our creativity with the wool by wrapping sticks, making 'God's eye' poppies, creating pompoms and 'spiders' to hang in the tree and even making some beautiful hair bows.  We found some ladybird friends too!

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12.11.2021
As we walked down to base camp, we admired the beautiful yellow and brown carpet that has been laid!  In opening circle we talked about how the woods is changing and what we 'notice' the most-the beautiful colours, the falling leaves and the lovely smell were mentioned the most.  We took a moment to remember the soldiers and animals that died in the wars and then spent the afternoon weaving red and purple poppies to hang in the remembering tree.  There was plenty of time for den building, worm hunting, climbing and cooking in the mud kitchen too.

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5.11.2021
We have been watching the leaves fall from the trees over the last couple of weeks so today we enjoyed collecting them up to create a 'bonfire'.  We loved filling up the wheelbarrow!  When our leaf pile was big enough we placed our 'Guy' on top and sang some songs.  

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1.10.2021
What another super afternoon we have had in the Wild Woods.  Just what we all needed after a busy week.  Today we have enjoyed bug hunting, whittling sticks, going on a dinosaur hunt, baking in the mud kitchen, swinging and climbing in the trees and playing a fun game of 'Owl Eyes'...the children were all great at hiding!

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17.9.2021

What a lovely sunny afternoon we spent in the Wild Woods today.  In order to enter the woods the children had to find something exactly the same colour as their entry ticket. Super colour matching everyone and some great discussions about shades.  During opening circle the EYFS children chose their Wild Wood name and action and some of the Year 1 children changed theirs.  We spent the rest of the afternoon creating mud faces, den building, bug hunting, cooking stew in the mud kitchen, tree climbing and swinging on the branches.

10.9.2021

Today the EYFS and Year 1 children spent the session exploring the woods, reminding each other about the boundaries and talking about how to stay safe.

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Summer Term 2021

19.7.2021
Finally Diamond Class (Year 5 and 6)  joined Mrs Leaf and Ms Jary in the Wild Woods.  They began their session by creating themselves out of clay and natural materials and attaching them to our big oak tree to show they belong.  They then enjoyed tree climbing, den building, bug hunting, digging, whittling and creating some Hapa Zome artwork.  We finished our session with an ice lolly back at base camp where we reflected on how learning in the Wild Woods made us feel and Year 5 made plans of what they would like to do in our sessions in the future.

PHOTOS COMING SOON!

16.7.2021
To celebrate a wonderful year in the Wild Woods Ruby Class enjoyed a water battle this week.  Mrs Leaf put on her war paint but was completely and utterly defeated by the children who absolutely soaked her! Great fun was had by all.

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9.7.2021
Today Miss Heyburn showed us how to safely use a bow saw.  We really enjoyed sawing the log to make 'woodies' to play with in the Wild Woods.
We also spent our time building dens, looking for bugs and creating a pterodactyl using natural materials.
We learned how to play an animal identification game before we left the woods.
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7.7.2021
Today Sapphire Class (Year 3&4) and Mr Cricket (Mr Kricka) spent the afternoon in the Wild Woods.  After establishing our Wild Woods agreements and completing a safety walk, the children had a great time exploring and playing outside, climbing the tree,  building dens and learning how to use hammers and mallets to create some Hapa Zone artwork. 

 

PHOTOS COMING SOON!

2.7.2021
Today in the Wild Woods we learned about the layers of the woodland with Miss Spider (Miss Self).  We found out there is a ground layer, a field layer, a shrub layer, an understorey and a canopy.  We used the things we found in each layer to create a picture of our woods.
We also enjoyed den building with the new tarps and pegs.

 

30.6.2021

It was fantastic to spend an afternoon in the Wild Woods with Emerald Class (Year 1 and 2) this week.  After establishing our Wild Woods agreements and completing a safety walk, the children had a great time exploring and playing outside and learning how to use hammers and mallets to create some Hapa Zone artwork.