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.

Willow Class Forest School

Willow Class Forest School

Willow had a fantastic time in the forest on Thursday and, except for a few spots of rain on the walk down there, stayed dry and toasty around the fire! On the walk we were keeping our eyes our for bluebells which are out in force and looking really beautiful.
Thanks to the wonderful PFTA buying a new slackline, Willow were the first class to test it out and were pretty successful at it, too!
A few of the girls wanted to make some clay to recreate some greek pots that they had been learning about in history. We loosened up some clay that the badger had kindly dug up for us, added water and had a super time getting very messy! Not many sculptures were left as the girls had far too much fun squishing it around in their hands but it was great to see them getting stuck into an activity with such enthusiasm!

Some of the other children had a go at making a fire and showed real resilience when it came to using the flints and steels and their hard work paid off with a lovely warm fire.

Well done, Willow Class, for using your great imaginations and team work to create such a lovely atmosphere at Forest School.

Cherry Class Forest School

Cherry Class Forest School

As part of ‘The Great British Spring Clean’, Cherry class donned gloves and spread out in a long line to do a litter sweep of the croft. It turns out they are fantastic at noticing small bits of rubbish and they managed to fill two bags full. Fantastic work Cherry class.

They had a go at arranging themselves into 20 and 7 to explain the partitioning they had learned in maths this week.

As part of their topic work, Cherry Class have been learning about different animals on the Savannah. They explained about wildebeests and cheetahs, and then played a game, where they took on the characters of the animals,

The children explained about some of the poems they have been trying to write and so they joined in with the rhyming words of the story ‘The Ugly Five’ and were fantastic at remembering the lines and details of the story. We had a quick go at trying to spot any animal shapes in the clouds above us.

We had a quick go at Pooh sticks at the river Medway, with carefully selected sticks, before returning to school.

Maple Class Forest School

Maple Class Forest School

In the morning, we had a go at using a saw to cut logs to make ‘ Dino Log Dogs’ The children talked about how to keep themselves safe by wearing gloves to protect their hands. They used their imaginations to create dinosaur faces for their logs and had a go at tying string to the logs to make a lead. At school they made up stories and played with their dinosaurs in the morning.

In the afternoon we took them for a walk to the woods!

The children played some ‘you are only safe if you are touching…’ games and all learned about how to recognise silver birch trees and celandines.

We had a go at estimating the height of a tree, by counting our steps away from a tree and looking at it between our legs….thats Forest School triganometry that is! We spotted some fallen trees and discovered one tree was rotten in the middle, by feeloing the difference between hard and soft wood.

When we got to the woods we had time for a quick swing together and found some ivy and feathers.