Forest School

With Miss Haworth

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to your Forest School page. I hope you are all well and ready for another term of learning and exploring.

I know things are a little different at the moment. Currently some of you are completing our school work whilst hibernating safely at home and some of you are hibernating safely at school. Wherever you are it is so important that you get some amazing outdoor time, after working so hard on our class work.

On a Friday afternoon there are going to be different Forest School/Eco activities which you can choose to complete, which will be uploaded onto this learning platform. The activities are all planned so you can explore, spend time outdoors, expand our natural world knowledge and have fun! It is perfectly fine to complete any of the activities below. Complete the activity which you are most interested in. Please make sure you do spend some time outdoors - it is extremely important for your mind and body.

All the activities will be able to be completed in a front or back garden, in your yard or if you are able to go on a beautiful walk! You might have to go and explore and thereafter finish some of the activities inside. Always ask for an adult helper when you are going outside.

Remember Forest School is all about having fun, being outside, and enjoying the fresh air – you can never do it wrong. Just remember all the Forest School rules and to keep yourself safe! All resources, sheets, videos and information that I upload each week will be saved in the folder at the bottom, named 'resources'.

When completing the sessions, I would love it if you could please record your wonderful finds / completed activities. This can be done in either your jotter notebook or you can record your activities with photos and ask the adult you live with to send your images to the school facebook page or to my email ips.forestschool@gmail.com . We would love to see what you get up to.

Please contact me if you have any questions on the following email ips.forestschool@gmail.com . Happy exploring – have fun.

Miss Haworth.

home activities 26th february 2021

Minibeasts.

Spring is on the way! This means we will find a lot more minibeasts hanging around outside - which we love! This weeks sessions are all based around minibeasts. I want you to explore and familiarise yourself with our Forest School friends!

Have lots of fun and please remember to send any images you have of your activities. Take care and stay safe. ips.forestschool@gmail.com

Please send any images you have of exploring to me, do not worry if you can not send images, write down your exploring adventures in your jotter book, have fun! Thank you. Miss Haworth . ips.forestschool@gmail.com

Creating a Wormery

A wormery will help worms grow and you can observe worms doing their work! So, what do wormeries do? A wormery is a place where worms can grow, compost and make more worms. A wormery will recycle food waste into superb fertilizer for your garden or yard. Wormeries are also great for growing and storing worms to use for bait when fishing. Wormeries can also be used at home or in classrooms for observing the life cycle and work of worms. After a few days/weeks, the worms and soil can be returned to your yard or garden.

Follow the attached sheet, which will show you what you need and how you would make a wormery.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1MLBrRzyyAWGAHg2wc0Zn8Oc2Sf-eJIpl

Worm facts:

  • There are over 6,000 different types of earthworms

  • Worms have no bones or skeletons

  • Worms do not have ears, a nose or eyes, but do have cells that can detect light

  • The mouth of a worm is covered by a flap of skin so the worm doesn’t swallow everything

  • Worms have a mouth, but do not breathe through it – it is just for eating

  • The worm has 5 simple hearts, a stomach, and a gizzard

  • The gizzard contains tiny rocks and sand that mash up the worm’s food, because worms don’t have teeth to chew it up

  • An earthworm can have over 100 segments between its two ends

  • Each segment has tiny little bristles that help the worm move and hold on to things

  • All worms have a complete set of both male and female organs on the inside so there are no boy or girl worms


A woodlouse maze

Using building bricks / lego I would like you to create a maze. The maze needs to have a starting opening point and an open ending point. The maze will need to have some T-junctions – this means that the woodlice can’t get passed that junction point and have to go backwards and find another route out of the maze. If you don’t have any lego, have a look around your home and think about what you could use instead, maybe some pencil crayons – there will be lots of things around your home you could use for the walls of a maze.

(If you are unsure about what a maze looks like, research some different ones. This might help you create yours).

Once you have created your maze you will need to go and find a woodlouse, I would try to find two so both woodlice can race to the finish line of the maze! Which one will escape first?

Think about where you will find your woodlice, do they like dark or light places? Damp or dry places? Will they be hiding under a rock or sat on top of one?

Ready, set, GO!

Spider web stick creation

Have you seen any spider webs recently? Did you spot any spiders on them?

Lets make some stick spider webs. All you need for this activity is sticks, string and some scissors. Place 3 long sticks, (around the length of your arm) on top of each other and create a snow flake shape. In the middle of all the sticks tightly tie around string, ensuring the sticks are secure and don’t come away from each other.

With a new piece of long string (you can cut this at the end if it is too long) tie your string to the end of one stick. Now start wrapping your string around each stick, gradually moving down the sticks as you move around them. Once you have moved all the way around your sticks, tie the end of your string to the last stick you’ve finished on. Leave your spider web creation in your outdoor area – it might even attract some spiders!

Look at the image and this is what it should look like at the end.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MfEYyRQPpvQHY4rbgDDD-iRliQdmDraE/edit

clay / playdough minibeasts

All you need for this task is play dough or some clay. I would like you to shape and mould your favourite minibeast.

Think about the different features of the minibeast which you choose and its different body parts. If it is a spider how many legs would it have? If it is a butterfly show off the beautiful patterns you would find on its wings. Maybe it would be a ladybird, how many spots will it have?

You could create a family of them! Alongside their habitat. Where would you find your mini beast in the outdoor world? Where do they live? Do they prefer dark or light places?

If you are using clay you could mould your mini beast and then leave it overnight, ready to pain the next day.

This is a great activity for our gross motor skills!

Bug Hunting


We love exploring!

Lets go on a bug hunt! All you need is a small pot, please use one which you will not need again and you can use for bug hunts when ever you get the chance.

Walk around your outdoor area, what do you see? Can you see any minibeasts around? You might need to look a little harder, pick some sticks up, look under rocks, carefully look in the trees and turn over leaves – you will find lots of mini beasts outside if you look patiently. Please write down the mini beasts you find and the different features you can see. Describe your mini beast. You can draw and label your mini beast if you prefer this.

Once you have found the mini beasts you want to see always make sure you put them back into the habitat you found them in.

I am so excited to see what you will find in your outdoor areas!


MiniBeast Word search

For some reason if you can't get out to explore I have set this activity which will also get us thinking about the different outdoor minibeasts

Look carefully – how many minibeasts can you find in this word search? If you can, print this sheet off and complete the word search. Maybe you could draw and label the mini beasts around the page too.

If you can’t print it off, see which minibeasts you can spot in the word search and write them down on a separate sheet.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1MLBrRzyyAWGAHg2wc0Zn8Oc2Sf-eJIpl

mINDFULNESS MINUTES

Before or after each Forest School session we always try to make time for Mindfulness Minutes. This is around 5 – 10 minutes of calming time, thinking about ourselves, discussing how we are feeling and talking about anything we would like to express.

We do this in many ways including:

  • Meditation

  • Colouring

  • Circle Time

  • Playing Games

  • Talking to each other

Spend some time to write down how you are feeling, if you don't want to write anything down draw a picture and colour it in. Colouring is very therapeutic and relaxing.

Try some cosmic kids relaxation. This clip will hopefully help you to feel really calm, strong and happy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBnPlqQFPKs



ECO PROJECT - The trash hack campaign!

During this pandemic, disposable protective materials like masks and gloves have created a new stream of hazardous waste. When it comes to tackling the world’s trash, it can be hard to know where to start. But by making “hacks” or changes in our homes, schools and communities, we can reduce our negative impact, increase our understanding and start to be part of transforming the world. The global is connected to the local!

This campaign, 'The Trash Hack Campaign' is running from 18th January 2021 - 25th March 2021. It is time for us to make a change and help the world. We can do this in school and at home.

Please watch this video which will give you more of an insight into this campaign https://youtu.be/rsRoEQfaKEQ .

5th February 2021 - This week I would like you to come up with some ideas for how we can create less litter and waste. This project is one which we can all share and take part in ourselves at school and home. Think about the main topics which we discuss in school a lot REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE, this might help you come up with some ideas. If you are struggling for some ideas there are some projects which have already been created on this following website: https://www.trashhack.org/ .

You could do this task by creating some posters, writing some bullet pointed ideas down, creating a power point or many other creative ways. Next week I will share one of your ideas and we can all start a project! Lets help our world.

Our work

Below you will find images of all the activities which have been completed. You put so much effort into your Forest School sessions and I am so proud of you! Take a look through the work that has been completed and celebrate how amazing you all are.


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Forest School Resources