Cranborne Road, Newbold, Chesterfield, S41 8PF

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Nurture, Cherish, Succeed


"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all"


Nursery Forest School


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Spring 1 


Nursery explore the forest for the first time. We went on a very snowy walk, making marks in the snow, throwing snow balls and exploring the ice in the mud kitchen. 

This week we went on a bear hunt. Retelling the story as we explored the forest. We also gathered interesting items in our baskets and took them back to nursery to talk about and explore. 

This week we have been looking at the sort of birds that visit our forest school area. We used a bird spotting sheet to help us. We used our fine motor skills to thread Cheerios on to pipe cleaners, it was tricky but we persevered to create a bird feeder which we then hung on our bird feeding station. 

This week we enjoyed a wintery walk to Forest School we had to be careful as it was very slippy. When we got to forest school we found some footprints. We thought they might have been from a cat or a fox, we also spotted some bird prints! We had fun following the footprints and making our own!

We spent some time relaxing in the hammocks, we had to wait for our turn and help our friends get in and out. It was so much fun! 

This week we had a very cold play in Forest School. We played 123 where are you? And hide and seek. We looked for footprints in the snow and checked the birds had food in the bird feeding station. 

Spring 2

Today we went on a worm hunt.

We had to find a stick that was only as long as from the tip of our finger to our elbow. We then attached double sided sticky tape to it, we used our 'sticky' stick to pick up wiggly wool worms.

Then we made a wormery by following the instructions below:


  1. Collect some worms from the garden. Look in the compost heap, under stones in damp places or dig a hole.
  2. Cut the top ¼ off the bottle, to make a lid. Make a slit in the side of the lid so that the top can close over the bottom part.
  3. Fill the bottle with alternating layers of sand, soil, sand, compost, sand etc. Spray each layer with water so that it is damp.
  4. Add a few worms to the top of the bottle and watch them burrow down. Then add the ‘food’ to the top. Wash hands well after handling worms and compost.
  5. Wrap the black cardboard around the bottle to make it dark. Worms do not like light and it will encourage them to burrow around the outside of the bottle so they can be observed.
  6. Place the wormery in a warm place. Remove the cardboard for observation periods and record findings. Check that the contents are damp and that there is food available for the worms.
  7. After 1 week, release the worms back into the garden.

 We put the wormery in the classroom so we can observe the worms over the next few days. 


Today we enjoyed playing 123 where are you, we found lots of feathers while we were exploring. We used the baskets to gather some loose parts, we collected stones, sticks, leaves and feathers. We used our loose parts to create our own spiders. We talked about how many legs a spider has and how to arrange the loose parts to create a spider.