We started the Autumn Term with a lovely autumnal walk, where we looked at the leaves changing colour and playing with the leaves throwing them up in the air. The children were then challenged to a memory game remembering the natural items on the tray and taking it in turns to take an item away, getting their friends to guess what they had in their hands.
On week 3, the children learned how to safely use a potato peeler where they found sticks and whittled them into pencils for using as writing resources in the settings messy trays. The children then enjoyed making their own models out of play-dough and finding natural resources in the Pre-School garden to find out what prints the objects make.
Week 5 consisted of another tool, the children took it in turns to use the hand drill making holes in conkers to make an outdoor abacus for the Pre-School garden, using their maths skills to count how many conkers they had put on. The children where then taught how to light fires using pixie pillows (cotton wool and Vaseline) and a dragon sneeze (flint and steel).
On week 7 the children wanted to create pictures, using the pre-school garden we collected natural items and made colourful pictures by sticking them onto paper. The children then used their listening ears to listen to a story all about fairies, dragons and unicorns learning all about the seasons as the dragons like the hot seasons (Spring/Summer) and the Unicorns like the cold seasons (Autumn and Winter).
Week 9 we learnt how to use a "real" hammer and nails, nailing into pumpkins and learning how to safely remove the nails too.
The last week of this term involved lots of listening as a T-rex had lost his eggs and babies, we had to listen carefully to where we could hear the babies in the garden. Wow what a busy term, next term each setting will have their own project to complete, keep an eye out to what your child's forest school project is.