The Spinney Bell Meadow Pre School
We enjoyed a Winter Wonderland at Forest School today! After a very snowy weekend we were met with glorious blue skies and snow throughout the Forest. As the temperature was looking to be very cold this morning we pushed the session back to start at 10.30am to allow the sun to raise the temperature a bit. Between that, the campfire and some hot chocolate the children were all toasty!
At the start of the session their attention was brought to some unusual footprints in the snow on their seats. It wasn’t a bird’s footprint or a squirrel’s….it was the Cheeky Elf. He had been in the woods all morning causing cheeky mischief as he loves to play in the snow! One of his favourite games is Hide and Seek and he wanted the children to see if they could find him.
Before they set off they also heard the story of the Woodland Christmas Gnome who was one of Santa’s helpers. Whilst Santa likes to bring presents to children at Christmas, it’s the Woodland Christmas Gnome’s job to bring presents for the wildlife that live in the wood.
He had some presents for the animals but could not find two rabbits and an owl so, to help him out, he asked the children to help find them.
Off they set to find the Cheeky Elf, the three woodland animals and the Woodland Christmas Gnome. They searched the woods high and low and soon found each one. They couldn’t believe it when they spotted the Cheeky Elf, high up in a tree! How did he get up there?!
They took the woodland animals back to the Woodland Christmas Gnome and headed back to the Woodland Circle where they each made a Santa decoration to take home. They also made some iced bird feeders to hang in the woods so the birds would have a good dinner.
As they sat in the Woodland Circle they could hear the faint sound of bells jingling. A sure sign that the Woodland Christmas Gnome was off to deliver presents to the animals in the neighbouring wood!
Merry Christmas Woodland animals, from all at the Spinney Forest School!
We look forward to visiting the woods for more Forest School in the New Year!
Links to EYFS:
- Personal, Social & Emotional Development: Managing Feelings and Behaviours – Self Confidence & Self Esteem (making their own decoration)
- Physical Development: Moving & Handling (Painting Santa Decoratiosn/Hanging Bird Feeders)
- Expressive Arts & Design
- Characteristics of Effective Learning: Active Learning
- Communication and Language
- Understanding the World