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We have been very lucky to receive some free trees from the Woodland Trust.  

Children from Foundation, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 planted the trees and we will all take care of them and watch them grow.  

 

Hopefully they will create an oasis for birds and a welcome shade in the summer months.

 

 

I am sure you are all looking forward to February half term and may be wondering what exciting activities are available which you could do during your time off.  Next half term we will be making sure the wildlife in our school are all being cared for, including making some bird feeders to encourage them to visit our grounds.   

 

If you would like to participate by caring for wildlife at home there are lots of ideas on the RSPB website, just click on the following link:  http://www.rspb.org.uk/kids-and-schools/kids-and-families/kids-activities/

 

I would love to hear/see what you have been up. Please feel free to add your comments to our guest book

 

 

Today was Year 2's first visit to Forest School.  They were introduced to Forest School's safety rules which included understanding safety around the fire pit and remembering rules such as walk don't run and stay within the Forest School boundary.  

 

We then split into smaller groups and helped Stick Man find his pumpkin by giving him directions, which included using maths vocabulary such as forwards, backwards, clockwise, anti-clockwise, and quarter, half and three-quarter turns.  The children had to communicate with each other, share resources and take turns.  Some children made a Stick Man and learnt to 'have a go' at designing their own and persevering in attaching Stick Man's woolly hat and arms on to the stick.  Others went on a bug hunt and found some fascinating bugs and insects which we will be learning all about in our next sessions, including the different types of habitats they live in and what  they need to survive. 

 

We all gathered back round the fire pit at the end of the session and shared ideas on how we could stay safe during the Bonfire festivities. 

Perhaps you could extend your child's learning by asking them which direction you need to go when you walk or drive to school. 

 

Come back and visit our webpage for further updates on your child's visits to Forest School. 

 

Please can I also remind you to send in wellies for your child and ensure they have trousers, a long sleeved top, jacket, hat and gloves.  This helps your child to feel free to explore and maintain a healthy body temperature.  

Many thanks

 

 

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F1’s visits to Forest School have been packed full of fun and adventure. 

 

We visited our tall oak tree and collected acorns, learning to leave some for the squirrels.  We sat under it and shared the story ‘Owl Babies’, recalling key phrases from it.  Ask your child if they can remember what the little owl, Bill says (answer: “I want my Mummy!”).    

 

F1 observed all kinds of creatures close up, using the magnifying containers and were supported in understanding the importance of taking care of all the living things around them.  Some of the children decided to roll down the hill, whilst others sat chatting under the willow arch, creating fairy houses out of leaves, sticks and feathers.   

 

Our next visit to Forest School included decorating stones from freshly picked blackberries, using sticks and fingers as paintbrushes.  We made bug hotels and hung them up so that we can return and investigate whether any creatures have come to visit. 

 

We learned to stay safe within our boundary as we played the game ‘1,2,3 Where Are You?  1,2,3, We’re Over Here!’  This is definitely a favourite activity and it’s amazing to see how they all huddle together giggling waiting to be found!

 

Mud is our number one friend at Forest School.  Today it was squished and squashed and splatted on to the tree to make mud faces as well as mixing it with herbs and lavender to create all kinds of potions.   The children were learning to share resources, take turns and play co-operatively with their friends. 

 

With Autumn definitely here, we cannot wait to see what nature offers us on our next visit – there are lots of sticks around, so maybe we will discover all the fun you can have with just a stick (whilst staying safe of course!) 

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F2 Forest School

 

This week F2 have been learning how to stay safe during their time at Forest School.  Each week we will sing our ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes’ song and look for things around us that we need to be careful of when exploring the area.  For example, Sisawo tells the group “watch your head on the big tree coz it will hurt!”  Next it is our boundary game – this reminds us where we are safe to explore.  All the children join in the ‘1, 2, 3, Where Are You?’ hide and seek game.  The children find somewhere to hide in the area, remembering where the boundary is and the Forest School Leader shouts “1, 2, 3, Where Are You?” and they all shout back “1, 2, 3, We’re Over Here!” 

 

This week the group then had the opportunity to join in activities such as ‘Hapa Zome’.  This is where you have to pound natural pigment onto cloth.  We used freshly picked blackberries, leaves and petals and pounded them onto the cloth with a big stone.  The children learned to stay safe using the heavy stone.  They also had the opportunity to decorate stones using crushed blackberries as paint and some finger paints.  These are for our Forest School fairies, as we have had several new fairies who have moved in over the summer holidays.  The children also went on a bug hunt and found lots of interesting creatures.

 

Here are a few quotes on what the children said they most enjoyed about Forest School this week:

 

Sophia -  “I enjoyed finding mini beasts with legs!”

Carly – “Finding spiders, 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8.  8 legs!”

Hazel – “I saw a slug!  It’s a little bit slimy and a little bit scary because it has ears and they are wiggly!”

 

What a fabulous sunny day at Forest School!

Wednesday 2nd November

Today F1 have been learning all about how to stay safe when there is a fire, especially with Bonfire Night approaching.   They learnt the rule 'Stop, Drop and Roll' which teaches them to stop what they are doing, drop to the floor and roll if a spark from the fire touches their clothing.  

Perhaps if you are taking your child to a Bonfire or a Firework Display over the next few days, you could speak to your child about how to stay safe and practice the 'Stop, Drop and Roll' rule with them.  

 

 

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Year 6 Forest School

 

Year 6 have been learning how to stay safe at Forest School.  They went through the safety checks from their heads and shoulders, down to their knees and toes and looked for things around them to ensure they stayed safe.  

 

We then got stuck into the really exciting activities.  The group were shown how to tie some knots and some fabulous team work was shown as they supported each other during the learning process.  The knots were called ‘Clove Hitch (or ‘Fish on a dish’, which makes it a lot easier to remember) and a ‘Timber Hitch’ knot.  The group used their new knot tying skills to drag long sticks across the field to make their dens.  Excellent communication skills and team work was displayed as they worked together to create their dens.   

 

Some of the children decided to go on a bug hunt.  Lots of screams and shrieks could be heard, as they observed them close up.

What a super day!

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Awards

Awards we have received so far.

  • Primary Science
  • Healthy Schools
  • Health for Life
  • Artsmark Award
  • EEF
  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Music Mark