Lilac Class Forest School

Lilac Class Forest School

The Impact of Forest School for the children is the knowledge the children have gained from the Forest School experience.

The impact can be seen through the skills, tools used, art and craft activities, observations and knowledge of the fruit, plants trees in relation to the seasons and the skills involved in learning how to play Forest School games.

The children learned how to use palm drills to drill holes in conkers. They learned that they needed to wear protective gloves on their bracing hands.

The children then cut and threaded their conkers with string and practised their knot tying skills.

Then they played conkers with their own made conkers on strings. Some of the children used their new learned skill and came up with their own creative ideas of what to make with conkers, acorns and string.

Some children helped put the slack line up, following practical instructions and helping to use the ratchet strap to fix and tension the slack line.

They learned to play ‘Owl Eyes’ game in which they had to creep up to an ‘owl’s nest’ without being heard and Harrison taught all of the players a new game, which involved hiding and stalking skills.

Many thanks to our volunteers for supporting the children.

Willow Class Forest School

Willow Class Forest School

The impact of Forest School for the children is the knowledge the children have gained from the Forest School experience.

The impact can be seen through the skills, tools used, art and craft activities, observations and knowledge of the fruit, plants trees in relation to the seasons and the skills involved in learning how to play Forest School games.

The children learned that acorns come from oak trees. We listened to an acrostic poem about an acorn and children in the class explained to each other what an acrostic poem is.

The children used the maths vocabulary of shape and size and comparison to compare the numerous acorns they had collected.
Once in the woods the children made their collections of leaves, acorn sand apples into a ‘mandala pattern’, based on the five petals of a Tudor Rose. They thought about the colours and textures of their resources as they created.

The children learned that they should not eat anything at Forest School which they have foraged. They learned what crab apples were and collected many of them.

They identified fungi and learned to recognise a fly aragic, which stood out boldly against the woodland floor. Some children showed their imaginations and imagined they were fairy villages.

Cherry Class Forest School

Cherry Class Forest School

The Impact of Forest School for the children is the knowledge the children have gained from the Forest School experience.

The impact can be seen through the skills, art and craft activities, observations and knowledge of the fruit, plants trees in relation to the seasons and the skills involved in learning how to play Forest School games.

This week the plants we saw were hazel trees, oak trees and bramble bushes.

Today we listened to a story from a book called ‘Lost Words’. We learned how an acorn is from an oak tree and how to identify an oak tree from it’s leaves and whole tree.

The children were challenged to look for, collect and learn the name of a fruit and a nut.

The class topic is ‘Heads, shoulders, knees and toes’ this term. The children all learned and joined in with the action song ‘Tony Chestnut’

When we got to the woods the children used their collections of nuts and fruit to create their own natural collage of a person.

Then the children made frames around their artwork, to really show it off in our woodland gallery.

Then there was time for the children to follow their own ideas and imaginations. Here is a den part way through it’s construction. They have grand plans to make it better next time!

The children were silent for a woodland whisper, which started as hazel nut and ended up completely different! We learned how words can be changed as they are passed along! We will keep practising next time!

Maple Class Forest School

Maple Class Forest School

The Impact of Forest School for the children is the knowledge the children have gained from the Forest School experience.

The impact can be seen through the skills, tools used, art and craft activities, observations and knowledge of the fruit, plants trees in relation to the seasons and the skills involved in learning how to play Forest School games.

We all learned how to identify brambles by collecting blackberries to make into paint, inspired by the ‘Elmer the Elephant’ story. We took them back to the classroom to experiment with tomorrow.

The children learned that the ‘Wellingtonia’ Tree showed us the way to go. They learned that they could identify it by looking at the skyline and finding the triangle shaped tree.

The children learned to identify acorns and find the oak trees which they came from. They proudly collected a whole bag

full, which we have brought back to school to explore, create and play with further tomorrow and next week.

The children have started learning the skills involved in independently climbing the stiles on the way to the woods.

The children learned how to think of their safety and that of others when we were on the old railway line. They know to shout ‘Pedal Power’ to others to warn each other of oncoming cyclists, so they can be safely to the side as the cyclists pass.
The puddles were fun!
This week the plants the children could all name were stinging nettles and they pointed out that they needed to stay back and not touch them.

At the bridge the children listed out and heard a troll or a dinosaur underneath the bridge! They used their imaginative story telling skills to imagine what it might be and inspire them on their adventure!

The children learned not to touch fungi in the woods. This Fly agaric was easy to spot.

They also were curious cats by asking noticing and asking questions about other fungi.

The equipment we used today was the handwashing canister. We learned to wash our hands in the woods ready for a snack after our long walk!

The children explored their own interests in the woods, exploring the site and finding a swing to practise their independence at using it.

They also showed how they are learning to work together to take it in turns to have a go at climbing the fallen tree. What a brilliant first week in the woods Maple Class!

It was great to see the perseverance of the children getting themselves ready, walking all the way to the woods with such enthusiasm and interest in their Autumn environment and their curiosity and teamwork in the woods.

A massive thanks to our volunteers who supported the children with all of their exploring and learning. We can’t wait until next time!

Bring a Parent to Forest School

Bring a Parent to Forest School

It was a gorgeous summers day as we set off as a whole school and parents to the woods.

The children were fantastically independent in their walk and we spent time listening to and spotting crickets and grasshoppers in the meadow as we waited to climb the stiles. Some children were even quick enough to catch them!

The children showed their parents how they start their forest school session by finding two sticks and tapping rhythms with them.

And then they were off into the woods! They put up the slack line first of all.

There was lots of creative den making throughout the day.

Then the children taught their parents to print with foraged leaves. They then cut up some elder branches and made some necklaces from them.

They also got creative making all sorts of things out of wood throughout the morning.

The year 6 children showed what they had learned about resilience and strength and jumped the fire as part of their transition from the end of their primary experience.

Maple Class Forest School

Maple Class Forest School

The clouds looked ominous, but Maple Class headed out in their wellies and waterproofs ready to adventure and look for mini beasts on the walk and in the woods

Splashing in puddles is great fun!

There were some great puddles along the way!

The children spotted some bugs…look at the size of that slug!

Thanks to the ptfa, we have a new slack line to balance on!

The rain came down, so the children used the shelter that was in the woods.

The children spent a while making den’s together and talking about how long their sticks were.

The bluebells are out and the children talked about the ‘blue carpet’ everywhere  “it is like a big blue sea of flowers”

Thanks again to our fantastic volunteers, the ptfa for their slack line donation and the children for their enthusiasm and engagement.

Mrs Sanders.