Our Forest School leader is Miss Sarah Evans.
Term 5 - Spring 2018
This term we have been blessed with good weather for most of our Forest School sessions. The Forest School area has turned into a jungle with the rapidly growing cow parsley and all the trees are now in full leaf.
Blackbird Class have learnt to identify some of the plants and trees in the Forest school area and have created some amazing Andy Goldsworthy inspired art work with pebbles and other natural materials. They also used natural materials to create some woven artwork.
Dove Class undertook a variety of activities during their Forest School sessions this term, from bug hunts to making blossom picture frames. They embraced their class 'Dragon' topic when we imagined the forest school area was a village with a dragon on the loose! The children created bows and arrows and shelters to protect themselves from the Dragon. Some even chose to defend the Dragon or be the Dragon themselves. This proved great fun and the children showed their amazing teamwork and imaginative skills.
The Nests topic for this term was Minibeasts and the children spent time understanding what Minibeasts we have in the Forest School area, where to find them and how to look at them respectfully. They created their own clay minibeasts, made butterfly masks and had a go at weaving spiders webs.
Each class ended the term with a treasure hunt and fire session, learning about fire safety and enjoyed toasting their own marshmallows.
Throughout our Forest School sessions we aim to help the children to increase their confidence, self-esteem, perseverance, risk taking and respect for nature though a variety of outdoor child led activities.
There are plenty of opportunities to explore nature in a variety of ways whilst having lots of fun and challenging ourselves.
Throughout the course of the year all of the children in the school - from our Reception children through to Year 6 - will experience a series of Forest School sessions.
We endeavour to go outside whatever the weather (- with the exception of strong winds and lightning) so waterproof clothing is a must!