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Forest School Update 10th May

Reception had their first Forest School  adventure last week. We looked for signs of Spring and admired the beautiful bluebells. Lily noticed that the pine trees are “leaking” which prompted lots of talk about sap and how trees grow and the difference between live and dead trees. Scarlett said “dead trees are rotten, they break easy and don’t have roots.”

We experimented with bark rubbings and practised balancing on logs – Alex worked hard “making the wobbly log balance” by putting sticks on one end to weigh it down. We looked carefully for minibeasts which inspired Oscar to build a giant centipede with “more than 16 legs!”

Finally we spent a few peaceful minutes  listening to the sounds of the forest with the help of magic pine cones. We cannot wait to go back to the forest next week!

 

Forest School Update 22nd March

This week in Forest School, Year 3 and 4 tested their survival skills by making shelters. They used natural materials to try and create a dry shelter which we tested by pouring water on it. The children thought about the key things needed for their shelter including, warmth, sturdiness and dryness.

The children had great fun testing out their shelters and watching to see if each others shelters were waterproof.

Please remember that Forest School is on Thursday afternoons and the children will need their Forest School kits. Thank you for your support.

Forest School Update 15th March

This week, Year 3 and 4 went onto the field and played the centipede game. Maxym in Year 4 explained, “The centipede game is a non-speaking trust game. Three people standing in a row with their hands on the shoulders of the person in front and the person at the back directs the two in the front by steering the line of people while the front two have their eyes closed. It’s really tricky, but fun!”

After, they had the opportunity to use secateurs to cut up branches and twigs, which they brought back to their classroom. The children used colourful string, feathers and other natural materials to create wind catchers.

Please remember that Forest School is on Thursday afternoons and the children will need their Forest School kits. Thank you for your support.

 

Forest School Update 8th March

This week, Year 3 and 4 took part in Forest School and for their first session, they ventured down to the Forest. The children spoke about the Amazon rainforest and how it is different in comparison to our forest. The children also built dens and bug hotels.

Please remember that Forest School is on Thursday afternoons and the children will need their Forest School kits.

If you are available to help in Forest School, please speak to Miss Riddall or Miss Dutton.

Thank you for your support!

Forest School Update 1st March

This term, Year 3 and 4 will be taking part in Forest School. As their topic is ‘Amazon Adventures’, the children will be taking part in activities related to what they will be learning about in the coming weeks.

The children are looking forward to their Forest School afternoons and they can’t wait to see what other activities Mrs Smith has planned for them!

Please remember that Forest School is on  Thursday afternoons and the children will need their Forest School kits.

If you are available to help in Forest School,  please speak to Miss Riddall or Miss Dutton.

Thank you for your support!

 

Forest School Update 15th February

This week in Forest School, Year 5 and 6 went down to the Forest for Forest School. They were split into four groups and their objective was to make it big enough to fit all of their teammates and to be as waterproof as possible.

Once the children built their shelters, using the natural resources around them, Mr Lulham tested the shelters by pouring water on them to see how waterproof they were.

William in Year 6 said that his favourite part was building the dens. “It was a bit of a challenge and we had to work together to build the shelters.”

Toby in Year 5 said “our shelter was kind of waterproof. Next time, we would put more leaves on to cover the gaps.”

Forest School Update 8th February

This week in Forest School, Year 5 and 6 used their artistic skills to create an owl sculpture out of clay. The children then came back to the classroom and had a wonderful surprise! Mrs Smith had    organised for owl experts to come in and talk the children. Not   only did the visitors deliver a range of fascinating owl facts, he brought Rusty the Tawny owl to school for the children to see too! Rusty enjoyed being stroked by the children and showing off his flying skills around the classroom.

Teddy in Year 6 said, “Rusty is very soft and can turn his head 270°.”

Poppy in Year 5 said, “There are different breeds of owls. Rusty is a Tawny owl and he is really cool because he can blend in with trees.”

Thank you Mrs Smith for such an exciting and informative Forest School session! Thank you to  Graeme Ward and Owen Lait, from Knockhatch, for teaching the   children about owls like Rusty!

Forest School Update 1st February

This week in Forest School, Year 5 and 6 spent their afternoon investigating owl pellets. In groups, the children wore gloves and pulled apart the pellets to see if they could find out what the owls had eaten. They used a sheet and were able to compare the bones to see what animals there were.

Elsie in Year 5 said “We had to pull the bones out and use the shapes to see what animals they were.”

George in Year 6 said “The pellets smelt really bad, like animals in a zoo. Despite that, we had a lot of fun trying to figure out what the animals were. I found a shrew!”

Forest School Update 18th January

Year 5 and 6 had their first Forest School session this week! As the topic is ‘Survival of the Fittest’, Year 5 and 6 had a very interesting challenge in Forest School.

They pretended they were shipwrecked and had to work as a team to build a fire and make a signal for someone to come and rescue them.

Archie said “I loved how we got on well in teams. We learnt new skills from each other!”

Saffron commented “I enjoyed the challenge of keeping our fire upright!”

Matilda said “We had to work as a team to build an SOS bonfire—the smoke signals will alert some people!”

Please ensure you have your Forest School kit in school for Thursday afternoons!

Forest School Update 23rd November

From Week 2 of this term, Year 1 and 2 have been taking part in Forest School.

This week, Year 1 and 2 went into the Forest to search for a range of bugs. Once they found them, the children split into teams and drew plans to build the perfect bug house. Once the plans were completed, the children set off to build their bug houses, using the resources around them. We could tell the children had a great time as they came back to school very muddy!

Darcey in Year 1 said “We went in teams to catch bugs. My team caught a big worm, it was really slimy.”

 

Forest School Update 16th November

From Week 2 of this term, Year 1 and 2 have been taking part in Forest School.

This week, Year 1 and 2 had another session of Forest School with Mrs Smith.

They went down to the forest and spent time using charcoal to draw pictures on trees and  were using natural items, like leaves and feathers, to create weaving patterns in and around the trees.

Bella in Year 1 said “I really like the bugs and I let them walk on my hands.”

Myla in Year 2 said “My favourite thing is being camouflaged in the forest.”

If you would like to volunteer to help out in Forest School, please speak to Mrs King or Miss Dutton.

Forest School Update 9th November

From Week 2 of this term, Year 1 and 2 will be taking part in Forest School.

This week, Year 1 and 2 had their first session of Forest School with Mrs Smith.

They went down to the forest and spent time building dens, balancing on fallen logs and comparing the colours of the autumn leaves to colour charts.

Sophie in Year 1 said “I learnt how to walk along the tree all by myself. I don’t need to hold hands now.”

Herbie in Year 2 said “It was really fun finding the sticks to build our dens.”

Forest School Update 8th June

This term, Year 1 and 2 will be taking part in Forest School. A letter will be going out with the details of what days the children will be doing Forest School.

The Year 1 and 2 topic this term is ‘Castles’ and they will be using the natural resources around them to explore their topic.

Please can you ensure your children have their Forest School kits in school on the day they need them.

Thank you!

Forest School Update 25th May

Next term, Year 1 and 2 will be doing Forest School.

This week in Forest School, Year 3 and 4 have been learning about sorting plants and flowers. First, they identified different leaves using an identification chart. Next, they used sorting hoops to help think of their own labels ready for sorting. Finally, they made their own classification keys to sort leaves.

Please can you ensure your children have their Forest School kits in school on the day they need them. Thank you!

Thank you!

Forest School Update 18th May

This term, Year 3 and 4 and Reception are doing Forest School.

This week, Year 3 and 4 painted their mobiles from last week. They followed a natural colour scheme, children were inspired by the sea, the wilderness and animals.

Reception took part in Forest School this week. Myla said “we made castles out of grass.”

Please can you ensure your children have their Forest School kits in school on the day they need them.

Thank you!

Forest School Update 11th May

This term, Year 3 and 4 and Reception are doing Forest School.

This week, Year 3 and 4 made mobiles. Poppy in Year 4 said, “we made them out of different resources we found in the woods, like pinecones, sticks and some fallen bluebells. Our designs came from Ancient Rome, we had pictures to give us ideas.”

Please can you ensure your children have their Forest School kits in school on the day they need them.

Thank you!

Forest School Update 4th May

This term,  Year 3 and 4 and Reception are doing Forest School.

This week, Reception practised their fine motor skills in Forest School, by making daisy chains! The children enjoyed their time in Forest School and made lots of observations about the environment around them.

As Year 3 and 4 are taking part in swimming this term, their Forest School sessions have moved to Tuesday morning.

Please can you ensure your children have their Forest School kits in school on the day they need them.

Thank you!

 

Forest School Update 27th April

This term, Year 3 and 4 and Reception are doing Forest School.

In Reception, we discovered a mystery egg and predicted what we thought would be inside it. We also used clay and natural resources to create knights, princesses and dragons!

In Year 3/4, we made Roman fossils using the natural resources around us and clay.

Please could we remind these year groups that they need a forest school kit in school during this whole term, this must include a full change of clothes that can go under waterproofs.

 

Forest School Update 23rd March

This week, Year 5 and 6 have been taking part in various activities for Sports Week.

Next week, Year 5 and 6 will have their last session of Forest School and they will be perfecting their survival skills.

Next term, Year 3 and 4 will be taking part in Forest School.

The children enjoy their Forest School and we are grateful to our volunteers who give up their time to come and help.

Forest School Update 16th March

This week, Year 5 and 6 completed the ultimate shelter building challenge! All the children had to start them off was string and tarpaulin. The children then had to use the natural resources around them to make a shelter that was both waterproof and sturdy. The children built their shelters as if they were going to sleep in them, so staying warm was key! They worked in teams and with their teamwork, they produced some brilliant shelters! Well done, Year 5 and 6! The children enjoy their Forest School and we are grateful to our volunteers who give up their time to come and help.

Forest School Update 9th March

This week, Year 5 and 6 completed the ultimate fire challenge! They had to start a fire and keep it alight for the longest time with only a small amount of natural fuel. They had four cotton wool balls, five sticks, 1/2 a egg box and a fire lighter.

The children quickly discovered how tricky it was to keep the fire going in the wind and a top tip of savouring their fuel       sources to keep it going.

The teams were really creative and the longest fire time was over eight minutes!

The children enjoy their Forest School and we are grateful to our volunteers who give up their time to come and help.

 

Forest School Update 23rd February

This week in Forest School, Year 5 and 6 will be taking part in Forest School on alternate Mondays and Thursdays.

This term, Year 5 and 6’s topic is ‘Survival’, so in Forest School the children will be learning about some survival skills, such as building shelter and how to find it and they will be making small rafts.

The children enjoy their Forest School and we are grateful to our volunteers who give up their time to come and help.

Forest School Update 9th February

This week in Forest School, Year 1 and 2 choose their favourite activity from the term to do again. In
groups they made skeletons, nests, dinners and footprints. Then, they played their new favourite game of herbivores and carnivores and a new game called T-REX IT! Next term, Reception will be doing Forest School on Friday mornings and Year 5/6 will be doing Forest School on Monday afternoons.

The children enjoy their Forest School and we are grateful to our volunteers who give up their time to come and help.

Forest School Update 2nd February

This week in Forest School, Year 1 and 2 made dinosaur nests in the forest using the natural resources around them. They made large dinosaur     footprints leading up to their nests.

The children really enjoy their Forest School learning and we are so grateful to our volunteers who give up some of their time to come and help.

 

Forest School Update 26th January

This week in Forest School, the children played ‘Dinosaur Masterchef’ and had to design the most varied meal they could for a herbivore. We also talked about how important it is that the meal looks good, like in real Masterchef! The children made excellent meals and could talk about all the materials they used and why they had used them—delicious!

Forest School Update 1st December

This week in Forest School, Year 3 and 4 braved the cold weather and created a different hanging tree decoration. They used some of the overgrown willow and lots of glitter.

We then warmed by being around the fire with an over-the-fire cooked hot chocolate and marshmallow.

We will be resuming Forest School in the New Year with Year 1 and 2, as we now need to practice for our Christmas Nativity.

The children really enjoy their Forest School learning and we are so grateful to our volunteers who give up some of their time to come and help.

 

Forest School Update 10th November

This week, Year 3 and 4 had their first session of Forest School. During the week, Year 3 and 4 have been learning about Diwali and in Forest School they used this learning to create rangoli patterns. The children used natural objects, like leaves and acorns, to design their own patterns. Austyn in Year 3 said “I really enjoyed making rangoli patterns.”

Forest School will be on a Thursday. Please let Miss Denney or Miss Dutton know if you are able to help out. The children really enjoy their Forest School learning and we are so grateful to our volunteers who give up some of their time to come and help.

Forest School Update 3rd November

This term Year 3 and 4 are taking part in Forest School. As this term’s topic is ‘This Little Light of Mine (Winter Celebrations)’, Year 3 and 4 will be performing investigations about light and sound in Forest School. They will also be partaking in Christmas arts and crafts activities later on in the term.

Forest School will be on a Thursday.

Please let Miss Denney or Miss Dutton know if you are able to help out. The children really enjoy their Forest School learning and we are so grateful to our volunteers who give up some of their time
to come and help.

Forest School Update 20th October

This week in Forest School, Year 5 and 6 had their final session of this term. In WW2, chocolate and oranges were very rare treats so we celebrated the learning and team work by making chocolate orange cake on the fire.

Next term, Year 3 and 4 will have Forest School on a Thursday. Please let Miss Denney or Miss Dutton know if you are able to help out. The children really enjoy their Forest School learning and we are so grateful to our volunteers who give up some of their time to come and help.

Forest School Update 13th October

Over the last fortnight, Year 5 and Year 6 have been using strategies and tactics to infiltrate each others’ bases.

They split up into groups and were given a set of coloured cards that they had to protect whilst having to find another set. The teams discussed strategies to defend their own bases and attack others. Hannah Parris in Year 6 said “It was tricky trying to find the cards and defend our base at the same time.”

Forest School will be on a Monday, please let Miss Denney or Miss Dutton know if you are able to help out. The children really enjoy their Forest School learning and we are so grateful to our volunteers who give up some of their time to come and help.

Just a gentle reminder, please ensure you have your Forest School kit in school on Forest School days.

Forest School Update 6th October

Over the last fortnight, Year 5 and Year 6 have been making trenches and their own Anderson shelters.
They split up into groups and using sticks and small logs, they made trenches that they could use to shield themselves. Charlie in Year 5 told us that “trenchfoot was a common problem in the trenches”, luckily, the weather held out just long enough for us!

The children went into the forest to make their own Anderson shelters, using resources around them. They used ferns, leaves and even dirt to camouflage their shelters.

Forest School will be on a Monday, please let Miss Denney or Miss Dutton know if you are able to help out. The children really enjoy their Forest School learning and we are so grateful for our volunteers who give up some of their time to come and help.

Just a gentle reminder, please ensure you have your Forest School kit in school on Forest School days.

Forest School Update 22nd September

In our first Forest School session of the term Year 5 & 6 created their own ‘WW2 Anderson Shelters’. They used a range of natural materials, tarpaulins and rope.

James and Harvey wanted to test out their whittling skills and used our peelers to strip down the bark from a selection of twigs which they can use to create tools.

Forest School will be on a Monday, please let Miss Denney or Mrs Harper know if you are able to help out. The children really enjoy their Forest School learning and we are so grateful for our volunteers who give up some of their time to come and help.

Forest School Update 14th July

We would like to thank all our volunteer helpers for their help with Forest School.

The children really enjoy their Forest School learning and we are so grateful for our volunteers who give up some of their time to come and help.

From September Forest School will be on a Monday, please let Miss Denney or Mrs Wicks know if you are able to help out.

Please take home your welly boots, the racks are in the playground for you to check. Any unnamed welly boots left over at the end of term will be recycled.

Forest School Update 7th July

From September Forest School will be on a Monday, please let Miss Denney or Mrs Wicks know if you are able to help out.

We need as many adults as possible to ensure we can deliver the Forest School curriculum.

Forest School Update 30th June

Year 1/2 built dens in the forest!

It was lots of fun and we imagined they were stone age ones!

Forest School Update 23rd June

In Forest School last week Year 1 and 2 made stone age fruit stew. The children loved it as it turned their teeth and tongues purple Yuk!

Forest School Update 16th June

Year 1 and 2 were blindfolded and had to follow the leader and pretended to be hunter gatherers. They found elderflower, lavender, forget-me-nots, pansies, pears and apples on the trees.

Forest School Update 9th June

This term, Year 1 and 2 will have their forest school sessions.

If you are able to help out on a Thursday afternoon from 1.30-3.00, please could you let Miss Denney or Miss Purcell know.

Forest School Update 26th May

In Term 6 Year 1 and 2 will have their forest school sessions.

The weather will (hopefully) be warmer so please consider the forest school kit you are sending in.

Children will still need a long top and trousers as we will be in the woodland.

If you are able to help out on a Thursday afternoon from 1.30-3.00, please could you let Miss Denney or Miss Purcell know.

Forest School Update 19th May

In groups this week we finished planting the rest of the tree around the forest school area.

We are looking forward to seeing them grow!

In Term 6 Year 1 and 2 will have their forest school sessions.

Forest School Update 12th May

In Forest school last week Reception looked carefully at the different flowers they could see then painted their own pictures of the bluebells.

On Wednesday this week Year 3/4 planted their mysterious beans in the growing area and then started to plant the new trees around the forest school area.

Forest School Update 5th May

In Forest school this week Year 3 and 4 got really creative and a little messy! They used lard, birdseed and sticks to create very interesting bird feeders to encourage different birds into our school field.

Forest School Update 28th April

In Forest School this week, Reception planted sunflower and wild seeds. We are looking forward to watching them grow.

Due to swimming, Year 3/4 will now have their Forest School session on Wednesday afternoons.

Forest School Update 21st April

This Term Year 3 and 4 have got their Forest School sessions on Thursday afternoons and Reception Class will be having their sessions on Friday morning.

Please do not forget your forest school kits. This includes a change of footwear.

Forest School Update 31st March

In Year 5 & 6’s last session of the term, they were given the choice
of what they wanted to create.

Some of the children used mallets and cotton to make natural bunting, and others used clay to create their own masterpieces.

Next term Year 3 & 4 swill be having Forest School so please bring your kits in.

Forest School Update 24th March

In Forest School last week Year 5 & 6 started to make a wood store using plastic bottles.

They chopped and prepared the bottles ready to be stacked and shaped using canes.

They also played their favourite game deer’s and predators!

Forest School Update 17th March

Year 5 and 6 had a Healthy Eating Workshop on Thursday last week so swapped their forest school
session.

This week they will be starting to build a wood store out of recycled plastic bottles.

Forest School Update 10th March

Last week in Forest School, Year 5 and 6 continued with their Book Week theme of “Harry Potter” under the guidance of Book Days ‘Harry Potter’ (Miss Denney) and used the natural materials found in our school to create magical potions.

Forest School Update 3rd March

In Forest School last week, Year 5 and 6 braved the wind and created their own dream catchers. Their project this term is to redesign the forest school area through making a wood store and designing natural materials. Keep an eye out for all the things they have made over this term which will be going up around the fire circle.

Forest School Update 24th February

This Term Year 5 and 6 will be doing forest school linked to their topic ‘Evolution and Inheritance’. They will need their forest school kit in school.

If you are able to help on a Thursday from 1.30-3.00 please let Miss Denney or Mrs King know.

Look out for our first week’s activities in next week’s newsletter!

Forest School Update 10th February

In Forest school Year 3/4 used clay and natural materials to shape, mould and sculpt Native American totem poles. Reception had their first fire and enjoyed fire circle games like follow the leader and clap!

Next term Year 5 and 6 will be doing forest school linked to their topic ‘Evolution and Inheritance’. They will need their forest school kits in school.

If you are able to help on a Thursday from 1.30-3.00 please let Miss Denney or Mrs King know.

Forest School Update 3rd February

In Forest school this week, Reception explored the use of natural materials and clay as they created their own tree faces.

The children selected different objects that they could find in the field, then decided which part of the face they could be used for. Alexandra carefully swirled her leaves to make super eyes for her clay face!

Forest School Update 9th December

In Forest School last week Year 1 and 2 went on a journey to find Stick man. They have been exploring the story of Stick man as part of their topic.

When they reached the woods on Thursday, they split into groups to find the right kind of sticks to make their very own stickman or stick lady!

Have a look at some of our creations!

 

Forest School Update 4th November

In Forest School this week, Year 1 & 2 used their super sight along a line to spot objects that should and shouldn’t be in the woodland. We thought about how the objects could affect the woodland animals and us.

“We always tell an adult if we see something that should be in the woodland” (Daisy)

“Don’t leave litter around because other people will think it’s ok to litter” (Lochlan)

“It could affect the animals and trees” (Oscar)

Forest School Update 7th October

In forest school this week we took on some challenges and worked in teams. We had three activities to work through – one was a blind activity which involved us listening to the leader of our group in order for us to make it around the forest without tripping over or walking into anything! Another activity was to listen carefully to the sounds around us and to make a mind map of sounds – we even heard a helicopter! Finally we worked in teams to build high structures out of wood – some of them were even taller than us!

We worked hard to cooperate in teams and to listen and respect each others’ opinions.

Forest School Update 30th September

This week, we were split into three groups: one group with Mrs Yates (who worked together to build like Ants), Mr Skelton’s group (who voted on games to play) and Miss Denney’s group (who blindfolded each other). We had to trust each other to guide us to a tree, which we then had to find afterwards. (Millie Year 5).

Forest School Update 23rd September

“We went to the Forest and first we had to make a view finder. We had to find four sticks and join them together and then we had to look at the view inside. It was only a part of the forest. Next we had to use water colour and paint the detail we could see. We will then paint this again when all the leaves change colour and compare our pictures! ”

Forest School Update 16th September

This week, Year 5 and 6 started their forest school sessions by talking about the skills needed when working together. They took part in 3 activities during which they would need to listen, compromise, share ideas and use each other’s skills.

The games they played were: Bat and Moth, the ‘ABC’ game (similar to a Sudoku game) and leaf detectives. After the session, they reflected on the skills they could use in the playground and at playtime.

They worked really well as a team, especially when cracking the ’ABC’ code!

Forest School Update 9th September

Forest School this term will be Year 5 and 6 and will be starting next week on a Thursday afternoon.

Please make sure that your child has their forest school kit in school for these sessions.

If you are able to help out please let Miss Denney or Mrs King know.