There really was so much! As I haven't had the opportunity to update the blog I thought 'better late than never!' So, here goes... there was whittling, candle making, Christmas ball balls, mini Father Christmas's, shelters, games, leaf art, fires, music, tree climbing and so much more! See below for some of the Christmas club photos
So we haven't updated the blog for a while and there has been a lot going on! We will add some of the photos to the gallery in the coming week.
A Forest school indoor space has been built at Dye House lane, for when it's particularly inclement. The tent is down and development continues to take place.
The once a month Saturday club and the February holiday club is taking place at our 'Glastonbury' (Dye house Lane) site.
NEWS: It's very exciting that we are going to be bringing Glastonbury Forest school to Street in the near future in addition to Glastonbury - keep your eyes open if you live in this area.
Today the students built a waffle fire to cook some food for their lunch. Prior to lighting the fire, they practiced with cotton wool and a striker and then all used their strikers to light the main fire. Once it was lit, some games were played and then tree faces were made before settling down for lunch.
Today we used coiling to create a tea light candle holder. Students collected various 'nature' items such as sticks, leaves, feathers, cones, stones and so on and coiled clay to create their own design. We played lots of games and had a fire. One student managed to also complete a broom stick! Great work
A very creative day was had making wands, broomsticks and marshmallows. Plenty of story telling while taking part in creative tasks. Use of snips, potato peelers, knives. A great time was had by all!
What a day! Monster games, Pumpkins, Den building and even the Glastonbury Fire brigade came to see us. The attendees had fantastic morning at forest school in preparation for Halloween; they played games of Frankenstein monsters and vampires and carved their own designs into pumpkins.
We all walked back to the gates early for some very special visitors who arrived to talk about fire safety with candles and bonfire night. The children learnt how to stay safe, what precautions to take and information they should know in the case of an emergency.
Many thanks to Glastonbury fire service for this educational visit.
Saturday club: fire, mindfulness, weaving, tree climb, mini beast dens, creative language games and more
Today the group took part in a variety of different tasks.
The temperature had changed, therefore the first item on the agenda was to get the fire built and lit. Once sat snugly around the fire the group spent some time concentrating on the sounds of the fire crackles and circular breathing as part of a mindfulness technique.
The next task was to complete the woven panel the group had been working on after which they had a snack and climb amongst the willow trees.
Everyone came back to sit around the fire and take a look at some mini beasts which included a centipede and a dead frog!
It was time to put the Kelly Kettle on and eat some lunch followed by a hot chocolate and a toasted marshmallow.
Spikey the Hedgehog who has been staying with Forest school for a week needed a home as did a small troll (name unknown) - The group set to work ensuring these creature would be safe tucked up in their homes by making them beds from leaves and doors with sticks.
We went on a march playing a game of animal relay and 'Spot and STOP' where the group used adjectives and 'WOW' words in their descriptions of interesting things they'd spotted around the field.
This Saturday we had a poetry and story telling session coupled with weaving, building and cooking on the fire. The session started with a walk and a tree climb. The group then played some games and collected wood ready for the fire. Once it was lit the group sat down to discuss the 'animals' they had brought to forest school and some poetry lines they had prepared. The group created a story with rhyming poetry all about a 'curious' alpaca who went on a journey and saw many different things from different parts of the country and other countries too. The children used a variety of different vocabulary and cultural differences were embedded throughout. The group then collected tall grasses ready for weaving a panel and then set to work. After the potatoes, beans and hot chocolates were ready and we settled down for lunch. Once lunch had been thoroughly enjoyed, more weaving took place, and the group continued to feed the fire. We discovered two new areas for building camps at future Saturday Clubs!
On Saturday the 1st of October we had a very busy session which included the use of new language, measuring, learning about native animals, team work and independent skills. We learnt how Owls have different calls... It was surprising how many calls there actually are. When we considered native animals we created a story. Using fine and gross motor skills, we started to build the panels for a small story space (mini theatre). There was use of the bow saw, loppers, scissors and string. Once we had completed a panel we had the chance to play using the tarpaulin and sleeping bags then we built a small fire for the Kelly Kettle and enjoyed a hot chocolate before going home.