Limpsfield C.E. Infant School

Forest School Blog

May 2022

What a glorious month to be learning in the woodland. The children have enjoyed walks to the orchard to see the blanket of bluebells covering the ground at this time of year. The eagle-eyed amongst us even spotted some white bells! Other nature spots have included queen bees searching for nest sites, orange-tip butterflies and many a caterpillar in the tree canopy. Our resident red kites have been absent, which we think is a result of nesting.

All year groups spent the first session this month learning about invertebrates or ‘minibeasts’. We discussed how to catch them humanely, sorted them into different categories, looked closely at their movements and behaviour, as well as talking about their importance in the food chain. In amongst our finds were beetles, spiders, woodlice, as well as millipedes and centipedes.

In the latter half of the month, Reception explored floating and sinking, making rafts out of bundles of sticks. Some were even able to carry cargo! Year 1 worked on their map-reading skills, using a map of our forest school to find buried treasure. Some children then chose to make their own maps and hide treasure for friends to find.

Year 2 have been learning about the Great Fire of London in class. Some children then took part in a water relay at Forest School to find out what it was like to help try to stop the timber houses burning, carrying water from the Thames to the burning houses.

We cut elder with secateurs, hollowed out the middle and added a charcoal nib to make pencils. There was also the opportunity to grind charcoal and add oil to make a natural paint, which we then used to make reverse prints of leaves.

Of course, in amongst all this, the children have had the opportunity to connect with each other, build new friendships, gather confidence and build self-esteem through their time in the woodland.