Our week at FRUK 20.01.17 Icy & frosty adventures & the first signs of Spring

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The frozen pond at the waterworks

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A child relaxing in a hammock whilst writing in her notebook

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Exploring ice

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Lighting a fire 

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First signs of spring as the Elder trees have begun to show new growth

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Afternoon nap in the hammock

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A visit to the horses at Lea Valley Riding Centre

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pretty chalk creations

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A ladybird we found sheltering in the worm cafe

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Ice crystals after a visit from Jack Frost

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Frost covered foliage 

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Finding a quiet corner at FRUK to catch up with friends

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The children love to mark make wherever they see fit. 

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Clay bears made for our Goldilocks story

 

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Teamwork

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Using the loppers to cut branches from old Christmas trees for den building 

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Mark making in the frost

16.12.16 Our week at FRUK

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An amazing sunset at FRUK

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Making Lanterns 

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Lanterns hanging from the trees

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Pretend Play – Sleeping

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Tool use at FRUK with secateurs

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Leaf crown

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Creating letters from sticks

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Mark making using the loose parts of bricks that we have on site

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Numbered bricks

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A lady bird that came to say hello

02.12.16 Our week at FRUK Forest Kindergarten

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A leaf skeleton is fun to look at closely

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Studying mini beasts

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Mark making at FRUK takes many guises, here we mixed food dyes with mud.

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A rare bloom in December

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Appreciating the local art

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Frost encrusted leaves

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Mark making in the frost

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The children really enjoy being able to extend and lie flat whilst chalking

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Den building at Wick Woodland

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A favourite bathing spot for the wildlife with swans, geese, mallards and coots

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Leaf bouquets

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A mystical engraving we discovered on one of our walks

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Making bird feeders using pine cones, peanut butter & seeds

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A den we found in Wick Woodland

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Exploring shadows in the wide open spaces of Hackney Marshes

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A visit from Jack Frost

Our week at FRUK 18.11.11

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Den Building Area at FRUK

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Fun in the hammock

 

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Wood work at FRUK

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The family of swans that we always encounter on our travels

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On our walks the urban environment becomes our climbing frames and obstacle courses

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Balancing

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The kids love stomping in squishy squelchy mud

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Bracket fungus that one of the children spotted and pointed out 

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Our FRUK site bathed in gold

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A double rainbow we were so lucky to see during a walk in the marshes

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Fun in the den building area

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Honey Fungus

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Rolling back a log we found these mini beasts 

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Slugs discovered living under a log

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Our week at FRUK 04.11.16 – Halloween, Samhain & FRUK 2nd Birthday Celebrations

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Millfielfds Park shrouded in thick fog on Halloween morning, the perfect backdrop for the days spooky activities

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Dew covered spiderwebs we found on Halloween

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Pumpkins for carving

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One of the tools we have in the FRUK toolkit is a palm drill that our Kindergarteners can use by themselves to create holes in our pumpkins

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Halloween at Forest Kids Hackney

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Fires as the days get colder

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Upcycling activity – discarded firework tubes that will make an ideal home for solitary bees in our bug hotel at FRUK.

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With the clocks changing we now see stunning sunsets that filter through the tall conifers whilst we pack up the site each day to leave no trace.

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Bird watching – we saw Herons. Swans and Coots

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Chalk Creations 

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a strange new fungi forming that we found all over our  Forest School site one morning

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A visit to the stone circle

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At FRUK we practice child led activities. One of the children asked if he could do some hammering. We got the tool kit out and he searched our site for pieces of wood. Then set about hammering nails to create a structure of his own design. 

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Snack time at the FRUK Nature Club

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Roaming Day – Middlesex Filter Beds Visit

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Canal Side Walk

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Autumn Hues

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A carpet of red and gold leaves to crunch through on crisp sunny days 

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We ended the week with a party with family and friends of FRUK with sparklers, glow sticks, hot chocolate and mulled wine for the grown ups. Thank you to all those that came and celebrated with us our 2nd Birthday. We’ve achieved so much in such a short space of time and had oh so many adventures in our favourite place outdoors! 

Our week at FRUK 28.10.16 – Half Term Forest School Holiday Club

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Lining up for hand washing before lunch 

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Autumn Leaves

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Fun in the FRUK Mud Kitchen 

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Pumpkin designs being created before the carving 

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Rope Play

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Our carved pumpkins and Diwali lanterns

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Fungi we discovered 

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The FRUK rope swing

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Colouring in Rangoli designs

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Cooking popcorn over the fire 

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Mud Cakes

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Our creative area 

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Looking at picture books in the sunshine

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Autumn Leaves

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Den Building

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Den Building 

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Spooky Bats

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Snack Time

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Halloween Masks

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The FRUK Book Corner

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Reading and colouring at FRUK

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Halloween Masks

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Den Building – a home for the squirrels was created

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Free Play on the fallen log

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Creating Diwali lanterns

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Catkins have appeared on the Hazel trees

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Learning new knot tying techniques

Our week at FRUK 14.10.16

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Cooking dinner

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Mud Kitchen

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Studying conkers

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Loose parts

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A mini beast

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Checking on the worms

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Pretend play – sleeping

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The last of the blackberries

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Mesmerised by the fast flowing water at the lock

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Climbing trees at the stone circle

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Mark making

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Fun with wool to make webs and traps in the trees

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Watching the seasons change

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A huge fungi

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using the claw end of the hammer to pull out nails

Our week at FRUK 07.10.16

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Climbing at Hackney Marshes 

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Experiencing the changing of the seasons as the leaves turn golden as we head into Autumn

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Finding dandelions

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Our topic this term is ourselves. we created 3D images of our faces inspired by the sculptor Kimmy Cantrell

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Mark making in the ashes of an old fire we stumbled upon during one of our walks 

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Running through leaves

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Running across the wide open spaces of Hackney Marshes

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Lea Valley Filter Beds walk

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Autumn hues as the bramble leaves change colour

Our week at FRUK 30.09.16

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Creating a house in a corner of the rose bushes 

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All aboard the train 

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Discovery of honey fungus 

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Creating shadows

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Climbing trees at Hackney Marshes 

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Child led cutting paper to any size they wanted

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Oak Knopper Galls created by wasp larvae

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Getting to grips with the bow saw

 

FRUK 23.09.16

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Looking at leaf minor larvae
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Tree Climbing at Wick Woodland

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Into the woods we go

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Wick Woodland

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Looking at the family of swans and heron we saw on our morning walk down by the river

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FRUK Rope Swing

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Wick Woodland

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Our topic this term is ourselves and we found a mirrored sculpture we could study our reflections in

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Dryad’s Saddle Fungi growing on a Norway Maple

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Harvesting our compost from the on site wormery, carefully removing all the tiger worms