Our week in the forest
Another glorious week in the forest saw us all exploring variations of our ‘Jack and the beanstalk’ theme. We have had bean and seed artwork, golden egg hunts and lots of conversations about giants!
The children have been enjoying our adventure walks again this week, choosing to go over the “troll bridge”. They seem to love the anticipation of this, talking amongst themselves about how best to cross the bridge so that the troll won’t get them! Some children commented on how brave they were, and that they weren’t frightened of the troll whilst others pondered whether the troll might actually be a friendly troll. Lots of promotion of excellent communication and language skills going on here as they debate these topics! Not to mention wonderful imagination!
We have continued to enjoy using the forest blackberries in our play. Some children have been very creative, telling me that they’re collecting blackberries to make blackberry ice-cream. I noticed lots of blackberries in a little wagon and watched as two boys used sticks to crush them.
Some children simply delighted in the sensory experience of squashing the berries with their hands and exploring the texture.
We have recently been using our new literacy area much more, and this is something that we will continue to develop. We want to make sure that the children have the opportunity to self select a variety of books every time they are in the forest. We are really pleased by how popular this area has been!
Amongst lots of other lovely adventures the children have absolutely adored using the logs as ‘stepping stones’ this week. We rearranged them in a circle and the children have been using them every day since then! This activity is great for developing their balance, co-ordination, strength, agility and confidence
As you might already know we are happy to announce that Stephanie has been appointed as our new manager, with Philip supporting her as deputy manager. We are confident that they make an excellent team and will continue to ensure that the high standards of Little Forest Folk are maintained.
This week we have welcomed Chloe to the team as a general practitioner. Chloe was recommended to us by Katherine (who we know you love!) and brings a wealth of early years knowledge and experience to the team. Chloe has hit the ground running and has already made lots of little friend in the forest!
Dressing for the weather
According to the forecast next week is due to be a hot one! Please remember to apply your child's first layer of sunscreen before they arrive and pack a named sunhat into their bag. Thank you!
As a guideline next week the children should be wearing:
- One pair of comfortable trousers (jogging bottoms or leggings)
- One t-shirt
- One fleecy zip up jacket (in a backpack just in case)
- One pair of socks
- Wellies or trainers (as long as you don't mind them getting dirty!)
We hope you have a lovely weekend!
Little Forest Folk