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Forest School

Welcome to the Forest School Blog!

FOREST SCHOOL

All children will have regular Forest School sessions. These sessions will take place on site in our small quad.  During Forest School sessions the children will have the opportunity to investigate and explore nature and the natural environment.

Each session has a clear, structured, planned routine with most activities being child led with adult support if needed, and takes place in all types of weather.

The children attending Forest School will be given the opportunity to climb trees, build with natural materials, use real tools and cook on an open fire. 

 

We believe that Forest School sessions are natural and effective compliment to classroom based learning.

Nursery enjoy a Forest School session on a beautiful Spring day.

KS2 Children enjoy Forest School

Learning knot tying skills to make gifts for Mothers Day

Den Building challenge

Forest School activities in woodland areas have helped children to develop many skills.

Children learn to safely use a flint and steel to strike a spark!!!

Developing knot tying skills.

KS2 children had a very busy time today in the woods. We started off the session by sharing our favourite poems.

NATURE FOREST

The trees in Winter, their branches so bare,

We’ll use them for kindling, for our campfire to flare.

 

The ground is hard, if not covered in snow,

Round the campfire we’ll gather, watching Jessica grow.

 

We’ll roast marshmallows, and biscuits for s’mores,

There aver so delightful, the children want more.

 

The robins watch on as the children do play,

Building dens with the wood they have gathered that day.

Written by Sue Hayes 2017  (Parent Helper)

 

YEAR 5 - 24th Jan 2017

Children are busy den building in the woodland today!

Developing skills and imagination.
Sharing stories in a den.

Autumn 2016 - Forest School

Year 6 children collected many different leaves.
Using real tools to make a Winter home for insects
Reclaimed art- sounds like the wind!

Den Building Challenge

 

 

At Forest School we encourage children to be resourceful by using their surroundings to imagine and construct the perfect den. The children become more sociable and will work collaboratively with friends as a team, socialising and making friends.

The woodland we visit is full of natural materials such as logs, fallen branches, sticks and leaves making it a great place to build dens.

 

Fun exploring and building dens

Winner of the Den Building Challenge is.......

Making stick men and dens

Nursery have fun in the rain.

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