This morning, the children from older Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 went to Esher common for Forest school. The weather was mild and perfect for our lovely activities. The Early years group did placing and arranging. They first collected natural resources in groups. They collected branches, feathers, twigs, pine cones, rocks and soil. They then arranged the natural resources to create a picture either individually or as a group. The children created trees, faces, clocks, and letters.

As this week is also Arts Week, Year 1 and Year 2 decided to collect natural materials from the woodland floor and create a picture using whatever they could find. Each group discussed what they wanted to make and produced some interesting artwork.

When they had finished their picture, children found short sticks and pieces of flint, which was in plentiful supply, and created Stone Age tools as part of our work in History. In carrying out this task, the children began to appreciate the difficulties faced by Stone Age people in making objects using stone. The children enjoyed each challenge and participated enthusiastically. Year 1 also made mud and drew pictures with it.