Forest School Lead: Mrs Reynolds
What Are Forest Schools?
“A Forest School is an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning.”
Our school activities take place in and around the school. Forest school embraces being outdoors whatever the weather enabling children to learn in a natural environment all year round. School provides full length waterproofs for each child.
We have recently acquired part of the woodland from the local council adjacent to our school. We have lots of plans to develop this lovely woodland space to enhance our pupil's learning whilst they are at our school.
Lots of exciting activities include:
- using tools
- making dens
- following and making trails
- environmental art
- mud sculptures
- cooking our own food over an open fire.
Can you spot Mrs Pumpkin Scarecrow ?
Or is that Mrs Reynolds ?
Look at all the beautiful autumnal colours on those pumpkins !
The squirrels will be excited to eat those when the weather gets colder..
Click on the link for some family nature activities with the National Trust
For more outdoor fun with nature click on the link below
International Mud Day - on our school field
There is a simple reason why mud was part of our session today- we believe that it's o.k to get dirty. Digging, squishing, squelching mud in between our fingers and throwing mud pies at a target were to name but a few activities we explored today. Have a glance through the slideshow below to see some of Squirrel children having lots of fun. You may even spot some adults having fun too!
Today we had a go at tying a Timber Hitch knot to attach a hammock to two trees. The children chose the site and location about where to place the hammock. Some of the children wanted to swing in the hammock whilst others wanted to play and explore. The sun was shining all through our session but we kept nice and cool under the wild Cherry Tree relaxing in the hammock!
International Mud Day is going to be so cool with all this rain !
What with all the rain, why not watch the video clip below that I put together on how to make a water butt.
Saving water is a great way to help look after our planet !
In the glorious sunshine at field school, some children chose to find different ways to climb onto a tyre swing. The children can’t wait to continue practicing knot tying so we can make a hammock to swing on in next weeks session.
This weeks field school, we listened to a 'Loppers tool talk' and some children chose to have a go themselves by snipping then stripping a willow branch.
We played a blindfold game where we had to trust our partners to guide each other to a tree, then go back to the original place to guess which tree they had felt. We explored the wildlife area where we spotted an apple tree growing and an old bug hotel.
Press here to see an alternative word poster
Try it ....it works!
Watch the video below to see me experiencing a zip wire at Woodland Nuture Forest School Site where I spent the whole day learning how to support Neurodiversity and challenging behaviour outdoors. (See flyer above).Obviously this was my lunch break where we had time to play and explore .
Have you ever been on a zip wire? How did it make you feel?
Would you ever like to go ride on a zip wire?
Forest School had to be cancelled due to the thunder and lightning but ... as soon as the weather became safe again squirrel class couldn't wait to be forest explorers!
Click here to watch the children singing 'In the Forest I have found' around the fire circle
Coming soon...JUNE 2021!
Keep a look out for activities and challenges during our 30 days wild
Bees play a crucial role in increasing crop yields and promoting food security and nutrition.
Without them, we could lose a wide variety of food, such as potatoes, pepper, coffee, pumpkins, carrots, apples, almonds, and tomatoes, just to name a few.
In short, without bees, the FAO cannot achieve a world without hunger. World Bee Day recognises the importance of these tiny helpers and will increase awareness of the need to protect them.”
The daisies are still out so why not make a daisy chain or daisy caterpillar!
Simple steps and top tips to make a daisy caterpillar:
- use a tiny stick or end of a leaf to poke the hole through your daisy head to help with threading
- thread daisy heads onto a long daisy stem (or a tiny, thin stick) and watch your caterpillar
emerge! Have fun!
Click on the link to make a bee hotel.
In session today we discussed how a seed grows into a tree. We explored for signs of seedlings on the Forest floor in groups . Some children used a huge magnifying glass to help them, Afterwards we chose to play and explore.
This week in the woods we explored ways of making art using natural materials. We learnt a technique of called HAPA ZOMA which is a form of Japanese art.
Well done to all our wonderful woodland wanderers
We've explored the forest, planted sunflower seeds, identified what a seed needs to grow, made mud pies, played hide and seek and had plenty of fun! Well done to all the children today, you were wonderful woodland wanderers!
Also, a big well done to the children who remembered my new saying... FEEL FREE TO HUG A TREE!
The sun shone down on us today for our first post lockdown visit. We were so lucky to hear the birds singing and spending time outdoors with our friends. After listening to the story ‘The Egg Hunt’ we hid our Easter stones that we had made and then walked around the woodland to see how many we could find. It was lovely to see the woods back to life and full of children’s happy faces:) Thank you Squirrel Class. You were a pleasure to bring into the woods today.
During Lockdown restrictions Mrs Hitchen offered to help me clear the woods as it was so overgrown and wild!!! After a lot of hard work we managed to make some kind of pathway ready for the children . Watch the clips below to see the improvement,
Have a look at our Forest School..................
Councillor Alan Rhodes came to visit us - the children thoroughly enjoyed his company in the woodland
A few pictures of when Forest School first began.
Forest Schools Presentation to Parents
Click HERE for the presentation