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Reception-Developing An Awareness of Safety in Forest School

When pond dipping, both Reception and Nursery found some exciting pond minibeasts including tadpoles, bloodworms, pond snails, newts and more, learning some interesting facts about them all. Not to mention safety around water!

Once the weather warmed up the Reception children tried whittling sticks to make into flags. We talked about the different types of trees and woods and what we would use to cut and whittle. After a demonstration and talk about how to use and store knives safely, the children had the chance to try whittling for themselves. Everyone had at least one attempt, learning very quickly that it is much trickier than it looks and takes time and effort. The result is our ‘watch out’ forest school flags which we will be continuing to use in Forest School.


During the following weeks we made journey sticks, collecting treasures along our journey through the woodland and the side of the field. This was an opportunity for the children to talk about the impact we have on our environment by removing natural items and picking flowers and leaves. We all had a turn to talk about our interesting creations, listening carefully to each other and sharing our experiences. 

Reception ended the term by making minibeasts out of wood. After a safety talk and demonstration on how to use the saw, each person cut their own piece of wood from a log and decorated it to look like a minibeast to take home. We also did some ‘bug hunting’, learning how to gently brush minibeasts into observation pots using a paint brush. This gave us the chance to get to see them up close and identify them using our minibeast identification sheets.


During the year all the children have developed a greater appreciation, understanding and respect for nature and the natural environment. Their ever enquiring, adventurous minds are a testament to how much they enjoy being out in nature; exploring, learning and having fun.