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Forest School

We are very lucky to be on the edge of some amazing broadleaf woodlands containing a rich
diversity
of nature. With the kind permission of the landowners we use nearby Tin Woods on a weekly basis to deliver our Forest School curriculum. Our Early Years teaching assistant, Mrs Vicki Oldroyd, has a Level 3 Forest School Leader qualification and alongside teaching staff and valued parental support she delivers our exciting Forest School learning for EYFS and KS1. In KS2, Jade Jones, who has recently completed her Level 3 training, is our KS2 Forest School leader. They work together and with school staff to ensure all children have well-planned and resourced activities that develop their physical, social & emotional and core curriculum skills.
We are delighted that in March 2017 we became the first Primary School in the UK to gain 'Recognised Provider' status from the Forest School Association.


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See our parents' leaflet about Forest School here: View Download




Let's go fly a kite

posted 9 Jun 2017, 04:12 by Francesca McLoughlin   [ updated 9 Jun 2017, 04:13 ]

This week the wind had dropped enough for Hedgehogs to take their kites to the woods. As you will see in this short film, they had a great time! 

Muddy fun

posted 17 May 2017, 05:25 by Francesca McLoughlin   [ updated 17 May 2017, 05:26 ]

Our EYFS children (and staff!) were not deterred by the rain today, in fact the lovely muddy puddles added a new challenge! All helps to develop resilience!
  

Forest Chefs at work!

posted 19 Mar 2017, 03:22 by Francesca McLoughlin   [ updated 19 Mar 2017, 03:23 ]

Robins Class hard at work preparing soup for snack time! 

STEM week in the woods

posted 16 Mar 2017, 13:44 by Francesca McLoughlin   [ updated 16 Mar 2017, 13:45 ]

This week we have celebrated Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and we found loads of opportunities in the woods. Here are some photos of the great teamwork from Year 2 measuring, designing and building their strong structures.

  



Hedgehogs fun!

posted 13 Jan 2017, 04:22 by Francesca McLoughlin   [ updated 13 Jan 2017, 04:23 ]

This week Hedgehogs did not go into the woods due to high winds. Ho
wever they had great fun finding out what they could do with the charcoal left from the fire...

Soup and Santas

posted 24 Nov 2016, 05:41 by Francesca McLoughlin   [ updated 24 Nov 2016, 05:41 ]

Today was very windy so Robins class stayed on the school site for their session. They made a great vegetable soup, collecting onion and herbs from the garden. They did some whittling to make little Santas and showed great perseverance in their sawing.  

Autumn leaves

posted 14 Oct 2016, 11:27 by Francesca McLoughlin   [ updated 17 Oct 2016, 07:01 ]

This week in Hedgehogs it was our last session this half term. We had lots of fun climbing the wobbly trees, toasting marshmallows on the fire and squashing them between two biscuits and having a go at collecting and threading leaves. We used our good noticing to watch the leaves fall from the trees every time the wind blew. Next term we will be moving to a Wednesday morning as we feel they are now ready for a longer session. That means getting Forest School ready at home and coming into school ready to start your next adventure in the woods!  

 Squirrel’s Forest School session – We had a lovely sunny session in the woods today. Mrs Harris lead a lovely activity to promote fine motor skills and lots of children enjoyed collecting and threading leaves. We are still learning the leaf names and next term we will be working on our Tree identification. The archaeologists were also busy digging for hidden treasure this week.

Miss Sparkes was busy helping Dexter and Eli to carve a pumpkin. We didn’t quite have enough time to roast some pumpkin but thanks to Mason, Caden and Toby we did have chocolate bananas! They all helped to make the fire and cook snack for the whole group. We had some lovely whittling this week too, especially from Emelie. Dave was very impressed with the way Emelie held the knife and carefully made a flower. 

 For Robins it was a lovely last session of the half term, we practised our knot tying and tree identification skills, walked along the slack line, created beautiful pieces of artwork using leaves to make symmetrical patterns and made delicious oat and chocolate chip bakes which were cooked on the fire. After we had had our snack, we worked together to make up a new verse to our Forest School song.
Dave helped us to whittle some beautiful forest animals and we tried our hands at whittled flowers.
Our parent volunteers really do make the world of difference to our Forest School sessions and allow us to do so much, they are fantastic. 

 

Autumn weather!

posted 8 Oct 2016, 00:29 by Francesca McLoughlin   [ updated 8 Oct 2016, 04:56 ]

This week in Robins we looked at how tree seeds distribute and how the helicopter seeds fly. We prepared snack for the whole group (peeling pears and dipping in sugar and toasting on the fire). We learned how to do conker centred weaving and played a game of can you find my tree.



This week in Squirrels the rain didn’t dampen our spirits! We set off into the woods with lots of equipment. The children explored base camp with their archaeologist's tool kit. Ollie and Mehki found a “Dinosaur” bone from a T-Rex and carried it all the way back from the woods to our Museum of curiosity. The fire started in the rain without too much trouble this week but we forgot to pack the flour so instead of pancakes Dexter and Maisie made us some lovely scrambled eggs!
Well done Henry for all your efforts on the slack line! Miss Sparkes took some children on an Autumn ramble identifying leaves and nuts that had fallen from the trees.

This week in Hedgehogs we started our windy walk into the woods but had to turn back because it was just too windy. 
We still had fun back at school, some of the children helped to make hot chocolate in our Kelly Kettle, we looked at how to
categorise the Autumn leaves that had blown off the trees into a wooden frame. Each window had a label of either small, medium or large. We talked about the different colours too. We listened to a new song all about Autumn leaves falling down and finished off with a lovely story.

Den Day

posted 24 Jun 2016, 07:22 by Francesca McLoughlin

On 24th June we took part in Save the Children's Den Day. The children had lots of fun planning, building and reviewing their dens and showed some great resilience and collaborative skills.
 

Tools

posted 24 May 2016, 02:03 by Francesca McLoughlin   [ updated 24 May 2016, 02:03 ]

On Friday 20th Squirrels were using tools to make some necklaces and other interesting things. They are taught how to use these safely.  They also enjoyed being creative with salt dough. 

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