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Reception Forest School: Maps, and The Muddiest Day Ever!

15th Jan 2016

The Reception children have had a fantastic start to Forest School at Wimbledon Common.  Over the last two weeks we have collected treasures, found bugs, explored giant stick houses and we have become very interested in nocturnal animals – we even found a foxes den and an owl house!  

During our very first adventure into the woods we trekked up an enormous hill and rolled all the way back down to the bottom. Continuing on our journey we came across a huge mud bath and decided (in the words of Michael Rosen)...

‘We can’t go over it, we can’t go under it…. Oh no! we’ll have to go through it.’

‘Squelch, Squirch, Squelch, Squirch, Squelch, Squirch’

Everybody had a great time splashing around listening to the sounds of the mud squelching under their boots!

Last week we split into two teams, one team set a trail of stick arrows for the other team to follow with a giant X marking where we were hiding. The seeking team then had to listen out for and follow the sounds of ‘bird calls’ to a secret hiding place where the second team were neatly tucked away. En route we created maps of the different areas of the wood so that we would always find our way back to our special spot.

Here is what some of the children said about Forest School….

Stella: “I love learning about nature and what to do when you see a dog.“

Freddy: “My best bits are jumping in muddy puddles and making a treasure map.“

Ben: “I love squelching the mud because it’s so squelchy and it’s really funny when someone fall over.“

Ava: “First the arrows got put out and then we followed the arrows and finded the others. My favourite bit was when miss Polly’s group jumped out and shouted ‘boo!’ “

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