After School Club, last night, finished in blazing sunshine. It was waaaaay too hot for a fire, so we just ate marshmallows from the packet! We reflected on rites of passage as sadly a family member of one of the group had died, and they shared openly about it. We kept cool by pond dipping and dyke play, and colouring pictures in the shade. Huge thanks to Mike Muntjac for all of your hard work this term with the club. Mike and Po will be back! After School Club will return in the Autumn, i have already had several enquiries about it! We will be back and will watch the trees turn from the end of Summer together. It runs on Thursdays from 4pm to 6pm and is suitable for 5+. ... See MoreSee Less
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Stay and Play made the most of the sunshine today and enjoyed the gentle water play together. We had new friends join and old friends too, and we had such a good time that we've decided to meet again next week! If you want to join us keep an eye out for the booking which will be released soon! ... See MoreSee Less
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Our last Home Ed session on Tuesday went by so quickly. A new den was built and occupied, the fire was lit and marshmallows were toasted, the mud kitchen was thoroughly used, we found the first blackberries, and everyone enjoyed the site and each other's company in the way that they wanted. This group is the largest group we've ever worked with and we have enjoyed every minute and every challenge and every celebration. We will return in September, sadly without Kat, as she's starting a new job then. We've loved her high energy this half term, as have the children, and we wish her the best of luck with her new role. We hope everyone has a wonderful summer and we hope to see lots of you back soon! ... See MoreSee Less
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Today we hosted 40 families from Carlton Colville Preschool who visited us for their end of term treat. We laid out a myriad of play opportunities and after lunch we toasted marshmallows on the fire. They played with pulleys, hammocks, swings, water, sand, paint, pond dipping, happazome, and more! It was wonderful to see the site full to the brim with people and to hear chatting and laughter everywhere. We didn't take photos during the day but here are some of the play opportunities we set out. ... See MoreSee Less
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The sun didn’t break through at Kindergarten yesterday, but that didn’t stop the fun! In the welcome area we had two arts and crafts stations. One was a large piece of brown paper for the children to combine nature collage and drawing to create a collaborative piece, which we now have displayed in the shed. The other was our printing press; the children enjoyed making beautiful red prints from seeds and leaves.Our shared time round the fire was very busy. We enjoyed bananas (filled with chocolate!) cooked on the fire, while the children told their own stories and suggested songs for us to sing.After this, our loose parts area was shifted around. We created a treacherous zone of tree stumps across a bed of overgrowth. The children loved practicing their balancing across the wobbly stumps.After lunch we were back over to the Wild Willows, running around and collaborating on a water run into the dyke- much filled up after the rains of the week. We are hoping for some glorious sunshine to finish up our wonderful summer term next week!Booking will soon be available for September. If you'd like to join our Friday Kindergarten sessions, contact rachel4learninginnature@gmail.com to find out more! ... See MoreSee Less
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After School Club spent a lot of time in the tool area, as Po had bought new whittling knives and everyone wanted to try them out. The pond dipping was a really mindful time, until great excitement broke out as they believe they discovered a new species. I've encouraged them to find out about the species so we can investigate further next week. There's only one week left of the club, but we'll be doing it again in September, so do sign up if you're interested. ... See MoreSee Less
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Home Ed Group really enjoyed the little creatures today. Snail gardens were built and snails collected from around the site - such beautiful colours. The swing was swung higher and higher, whilst singing louder and louder. Sun spears were made in the tool area, chocolate bananananana were cooked over the fire, and butterflies were coloured and hung up. As a special treat we had ice lollies which were delicious! We couldn't believe how full the dyke is, and quite a few of us misjudged it and got wet feet. Po put up some circuit training ideas and a few people tried them out. This group is full but do get in touch if you're interested for September. #homeeducation #forestschool #childled #campfire #Community ... See MoreSee Less
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Yesterday, the kindergarteners had a day packed with a variety of wonderful play activities!They made musical instruments using Y-shaped sticks and bottles, filling them with rice, bark, and sand. They also threaded bells and beads onto string and then enjoyed shaking their instruments loudly. The children organised their own games of 'What's the Time, Mr. Wolf?' and 'Hide and Seek.' Some decorated the playhouse while others made mud pies. We also did some pond dipping and caught a newt! There were many moments of peace and stillness, too. Tommy read a few chapters of Roald Dahl's 'Billy and the Minpins', and the children kept asking for one more page! We ended the day with a little dance party!Limited spaces available in Kindergarten from September! Please share with any family with little ones who would love spending Fridays on The Wild Meadow, and email rachel4learninginnature@gmail.com for more information. ... See MoreSee Less
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This week was another theatrical day for the Home Ed group with their third show being performed. With scripts brought in that had been typed up at home, some of the group went straight into rehearsals and spent the day practicing and preparing for the end-of-day performance. Others got busy making delicious lemonade, playing in the squelchy mud, using guttering at the dyke to create water systems, and playing on swings. During the closing circle, the children said they'd like to develop their performance space by adding a stage and seating for the audience. ... See MoreSee Less
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I was so busy having fun I only took 4 photos! Stay and Play grew in numbers and our opening and closing circle were filled with songs and laughter. In-between we made Welsh cakes to share, made by the 2 eldest boys, and water and mud play were really popular. Only a few weeks left before the end of term, so do book in and come along if you can. ... See MoreSee Less
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Get in quick if you'd like your children to come along to our ever-popular Summer Holiday Forest Fun Camps! Spaces are filling up fast.Camp One: FULLY BOOKEDCamp Two: FULLY BOOKEDCamp Three: 13 spaces availableCamp Four: 6 spaces available(All booking information in the post below.)It's official! Booking for our three-day Summer Holiday Forest Fun Camps is up!We have FOUR camps available to book (please sign up to as many as you like, and get booked in quickly to avoid disappointment!). Details below, and all info about what you need to bring and where The Wild Meadow is, etc., can be found via the booking links.CAMP ONE: Tuesday 30th JulyWednesday 31st JulyThursday 1st AugustBooking link: bookwhen.com/becclesforestschools/e/ev-sak5-20240730090000CAMP TWO:Monday 5th AugustTuesday 6th AugustWednesday 7th AugustBooking link: bookwhen.com/becclesforestschools/e/ev-s39d-20240805090000CAMP THREE:Tuesday 13th AugustWednesday 14th AugustThursday 15th AugustBooking link: bookwhen.com/becclesforestschools/e/ev-szlj-20240813090000CAMP FOUR:Tuesday 20th AugustWednesday 21st AugustThursday 22nd AugustBooking link: bookwhen.com/becclesforestschools/e/ev-s9yp-20240820090000All camps will be running:- 9:00am to 3:00pm each day- on The Wild Meadow by Beccles Common- drop-off session- three day camp- for children aged 5-11 years- £115 per child for three days(eligible families can claim back up to 85% of childcare costs and use tax-free childcare for these sessions. Some childcare vouchers accepted- please email to enquire: rachel4learninginnature@gmail.com).Our Adventures:Holiday Forest Fun Camps are a nature-based, forest school-esque holiday club with lots of laughter and fun! As is usual at Beccles Forest Schools, we facilitate the adventures that the children and young people want to embark on. We start and end with circle time, and have some other fun activities available, but otherwise this is a very child-led session that heads in all sorts of amazing directions!The Wild Meadow provides so many opportunities for creativity and fun. At warmer times of year, the longer grasses provide some wonderful spaces to hide, and the dyke has had a toe or two dipped in it at times! There are some amazing trees for climbing, ropes to swing from and we love to get the slack line out! We encourage cooking over the fire (when the weather's not too warm!), tool use and foraging for and crafting with wild materials, and we have a wonderful little pond that is always popular.We are an Ofsted registered setting.These camps are going to be so much fun. We can't wait to see your children there! ... See MoreSee Less
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Forest School Kindergarten have done some truly wonderful things this summer!Our Favourite Moments:- foraging for elderflower to make fritters on the fire- digging up buried treasure left by pirates and discovering coins, gemstones, marbles, and buttons- using ink and feather quills to make artwork- using tools to create tractors- using mallets to chop kindling- singing 'In and Out the Dusky Bluebells' while weaving in and out of the arches- cutting paths through the greenery- discovering a huge mushroom where we think elves must live- making lemonade- making magic potions using herbs, food colouring, water, vinegar, and bicarbonate of soda to create fizzing reactions- telling the story of 'Jack and the Beanstalk' through yoga posesSPACES AVAILABLE FOR SEPTEMBER! To find out more about our OFSTED OUTSTANDING setting, contact: rachel4learninginnature@gmail.com ... See MoreSee Less
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