Forest School

We give our children the opportunity to spend time outside in our dedicated Forest School area for first-hand contact with the natural world in whatever season or weather. These structured and supportive sessions enable children to develop their understanding of the world, the environment and themselves, using their emotions, imagination and senses. We use outdoor activities as a tool to support the development of a child’s sense of well-being and engagement in their learning. The approach of small achievable tasks and a focus on the process rather than the end product, help progress the child’s personal, social and emotional development. Forest School happens in the natural environment, where children can see, hear, touch and smell what’s happening. It’s also where actions have real results and consequences. Our Forest School

15.6.18 Tree Faces

This week we made faces in the trees using clay and natural materials found around forest School. A lot of decisions had to be made about what materials would make good eyes, mouths, noses and hair. There are now some very interesting characters to be found on the tree trunks so please see if you can find them as you pass through the Forest School area. 

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10.5.18 Discovering Footprints

After finding a giant egg in our classroom this week we came to Forest School and discovered some large, strange footprints in the mud. After taking a closer look and finding a couple of other clues, such as a log with long claw marks on it and a giant tooth the children think a dinosaur has been at our school! So that we can investigate the footprint some more we mixed up some Plaster of Paris to make a cast of it.

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3.5.18 Mud Slide

The terrible weather we had at the beginning of the week gave us a fantastic opportunity to see what fun we could have with mud! A large hole the children had dug last week had filled with water making a very muddy puddle. The children made a slide out of pallets and tarpaulins and had a lot of very messy fun.

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26.4.19 Making Swords
Following on from last week when some of the children made pirate ships with the pallets and crates this week they decided to make some swords with wood they found around Forest School. They had to work together to find the right size branches and helped one another to tie them together. Some of the children also made a bow and arrows.

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20.4.18 Climbing Trees
We really enjoyed using the extension to our Forest School area today. Now we can climb the trees! We helped each other to get up into the branches and had a lot of fun jumping down from them.

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22.3.18 Making Birds Nests
After listening to the birds outside we decided to challenge ourselves to see if we could build a bird nest. The children talked about what they thought birds used to make a nest and how they could make them warm and comfortable. We had some wooden eggs to test our nests when they were finished.

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15.3.18 Year 5
Year 5 were able to explore the Forest School area today.

   

15.3.18 Forest School Donuts
It is always very exciting to cook over the fire and today we were joined by Year 1 to make our delicious Forest School donuts. We made jam sandwiches which we dipped in egg before frying them over the fire. They were then dipped them in sugar and left to cool so we could enjoy them around our base camp.

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8.3.18 Mud Painting
We found different resources to make our mud work of art. We used sticks, leaves, mud kitchen equipment and even our hands. The children also experimented with how wet they needed to make to mud.

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22.2.18 Planting Spring Flowers
We are always happy when we see the different flowers coming up around Forest School. We love to look at the different parts of a flower, we enjoy the different scents they produce and we are getting very good at observational drawings. We try to add some bulbs as often as we can. Today we planted some daffodils and crocus plants.

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1.2.18 ‘Tidy up’
We have noticed a lot of rubbish lying around our Forest School area so we talked about how this made us feel and how it could affect the wildlife. We came up with ideas to show how we respect the environment and how we can get other classes to help keep our outdoor spaces clean. We have spoken about putting rubbish into the bins and picking up rubbish if we see it on the floor in Act of Worship and hope that the school will follow our lead in keeping our school looking its best.

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25.1.18 Comparing longest and shortest
We have been looking at longest and shortest during our Maths sessions in class and some of the children were able to find things around Forest School to compare or use some of the resources to make their own lengths to compare.

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18.1.18 Stickman
One of the things we enjoy the most in Year R is reading stories so the opportunity to make one of the characters from a book we enjoy reading was very exciting. The children had to use their sawing, whittling and tying skills to complete their stickman.

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11.1.18 Bug Hunting
One of the favourite activities every week is bug hunting. The children
learn which habitats certain bugs like to be in and they gain more of an understanding of looking after all living things. Once the children have finished looking at the bugs they find they always gently put them back where they found them.

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30.11.17 Balancing
Forest School is a great place to work on gross motor skills. The children find some great things to climb and balance on such as logs, pallets and railway sleepers. They are able to work on using their core strength along with their arms, to help with balance, to stand on
logs that do not always stay in one position!

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23.11.17 Building a Bug Hotel
There is an existing bug hotel in the Forest School area but the children have noticed that it has a lot of empty space so they decided to fill it today. Discussions took place about the best things for bugs to live in then the children looked around for leaves, twigs, moss and
anything else they thought would encourage the bugs to move in.

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16.11.17 Leaf Art
We discovered today that you do not need pens, pencils, paint etc to make art. The children worked together to make a colourful, dramatic piece of art using leaves. As different children joined the activity the children already there explained what they were trying to do. Everyone listened to one another as they talked about their ideas. They decided as a group which shape, size and colour leaf to add to each circle and the end result was amazing.

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9.11.17 Making a Wormery
Year 3 have been looking at how soil is made and how worms add nutrients to soil where growing plants can absorb it. Today Year 3 joined us in Forest School and we made wormeries together.

2.11.17 What do you see?
For our ‘Talk for Writing’ we have been looking at the story Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? by Bill Martin and Eric Carle. Today we searched Forest School for some animals we don’t usually find in this area. When we had found them we used the language of the story to describe the animals we could see. We also talked about where we would usually find these animals.

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19.10.17 Cereal Bird Feeders
We were joined by Year 6 at Forest School today. We showed them how to make cereal bird feeders using pipe cleaners and Cheerios. Year 6 were very good at estimating how many cheerios they used. We counted them to see how good their estimate was. Together we hung them from the different trees around Forest School.

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12.10.17 Weaving Wall
There was a lot of concentration around the weaving wall. Children found natural materials to weave through the weaving frame. There was a lot of discussion about how to pull longer leaves through without them breaking, the different smells from some of the materials such as Rosemary and how they had to be careful around a spiders web in the corner of the frame so as not to break it.

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5.10.17 An introduction to Forest School
Today was the Year R’s first visit to Forest School. We talked about the different activities and some of the resources available. We established some rules to keep us all safe and then enjoyed exploring and investigating the area.

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