Forest School Year R Term 6 2023-2024

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Welcome to the summer fun in Forest School. This Term the Reception children have been fantastic and they have learned and explored the following: 

Passing the squeeze in a circle game - sitting very quietly and waiting for their turn. 

Exploring the slack line for balancing

Comparing the…

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Sewing with Year R

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Throughout term 6, Year R have been working on their sewing project. The children have drawn and cut out felt animal shapes. These have been sewn on to a hessian background (applique) using the running stitch; they have also sewn buttons on to their work.


This project has: taught the…

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Forest School Year R - Term 5 - 2024

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In Term 5 Reception children showed us that they were ready for their first campfire - we practised how to get close, how to light the fire and how to stay safe. The children toasted marshmallows on sticks and enjoyed their first s'mores. We spoke about the fire triangle - a fire needs fuel, heat…

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The colour-wheel - Year R

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Year R children having been exploring colours. They have been learning all about primary colours and how to mix secondary colours while making their own colour wheels. They have worked independently, followed instructions, practised paintbrush skills and developed their fine motor skills.

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Insect Gardens - Year R

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Over the last two weeks, Year R have continued to explore joining materials; they have considered space, shape, three-dimensional form and have been manipulating and sculpting with paper.


The children designed and made their own insect garden/playground; this links to the Year R term topic…

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Clay modelling - Year R

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Over the last two weeks, Year R have been learning how to model animals with clay. As a class, we began by discussing sculpture and three-dimensional art. The children then began to explore the clay with their hands; they squeezed the clay; rolled it into balls and then cylinders. They were shown…

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Forest School Year R Term 4 2024

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This Term Reception have learned some bird names and which  materials they use to build nests. We sang our Robin song, had a mud and spoon race, some children chose to make mud faces on trees and we introduced the spades for digging. In our second session, we thought about which animals live in…

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Wheels and axles - Year R!

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Over the last two weeks, the children in Year R have been making their own vehicles from card. With the help of a drawn template and step by step instructions, they have been able to make their own cars that can be pushed along and include wheels and axles. Year R have used tools such as scissors…

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Year R - joining materials 2

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Throughout term 3, Year R practised joining materials together. The children have created large-scale collaged pictures inspired by fairy tales; made their own glue from flour and water; created lollipops and wands; learnt how to use tabs and PVA glue; practised wrapping pipe cleaners; used hole…

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Year R Forest School Term 3 2024

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Welcome to Forest School Year R! 

Ash and Elm class learned some of the Forest School rules (like: 'no pick, no lick, be careful with a stick) and our routines. 

We were looking at bugs and finding them in our area  - learning a bug song. The mound, hammock and the rope ladder were favourite…

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Year R join materials

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Year R use PVA glue!


Over the last two weeks, children in Year R have been given the choice of making either a magic wand or an ice lolly from a range of art materials. Some attempted to draw out shapes using a stencil but all cut out their own star or lolly from card. They attached a…

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Year R Write Dance

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Within Year R’s last two Write Dance lessons of the term, the topics discussed were rainbows and trains!


The children danced to routines that encouraged them to use their shoulders and arms; twist their core; stretch their arms out wide and practise using both arms simultaneously. They

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