Christmas Grottos (Year 5F)

This afternoon the children were set the task of creating a den in the style of a Christmas grotto. They used their creative skills and made glittery decorations to hang on their grottos. Making decorations for the grottos. Glittery leaf prints… Using hole punches to create festive leaves… Creating signs… Building the Christmas grottos…

Stick Reindeers (Year 3D)

Today Year 3 created a reindeer Christmas decoration using sticks. They used pieces of conifer for the antlers, added 2 googly eyes and a pom pom nose. After all that hard work, some time splashing in mud and throwing leaves was well deserved!  

Festive Christmas Trees (Year 5F)

We are approaching the Christmas season, so today Year 5 put their creative skills to the test and made some festive Christmas trees using three sticks, yarn for tying and decorating and snowflake and star sequins to add some sparkle!  

Harnesses, ropes and carabiners (R1 and 1R)

The pupils in Reception and Year 1 have been overcoming their fears and using harnesses, carabiners and ropes to pull each other up trees. Good listening skills are required to know when to pull, when to stop and when to let go. Team work is essential. It requires a team of at least 8 children…

Lessons from Clownfish (Year 3D)

Great team work is needed in Forest School sessions. We try and fill our forest school sessions as much as possible and this includes answering the register with their favourite type of animal. This week, inspired by Blue Planet 2, the children answered with their favourite sea creature. It was good to see so many…

Fire Steels (Year 6)

After making a camp fire a few weeks ago, the pupils learnt how to use a fire steel today. This skill takes a lot of practice and patience, but the result of creating a ‘spark’ makes it worthwhile. The children also put their creative minds to good use making dreamcatchers, bows and arrows and sling…

An Inspiring Afternoon (Year 5F)

Year 5F have been itching to make some big dens outside. As part of Forest School I take time to gauge the dynamics of each class and how well I think they will work together on certain Forest School activities. This is important before progressing onto more high risk activities. Year 5F created some amazing…

Planting Trees (Year 1R)

Thank you to Mrs Edwards who not only obtained free tree saplings, to eventually create a small woodland in our school grounds for children to explore and climb, as well as hedging plants, but also contacted the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust who came into our school, free of charge, to help us to plant them. The…

Habitat Management (Year 3D)

Last week one pupil told me how when he grows up he would like to work for the RSPB. We talked about how the RSPB provides homes for nature which then have to be maintained and managed. This discussion inspired this weeks session. As winter approaches places outdoors can start to look neglected. Our wildlife…

Leaf Threading (R1)

Today the children worked on their fine motor skills. They collected leaves, used a hole punch to create holes and then used coloured wool to thread through the leaves. One child started the trend of decorating an outdoor tree with their creations, an early start to Christmas decorating perhaps? Collecting Leaves Leaf Threading   Decorating…

Den Building (Year 6)

During golden time on a Friday afternoon, Year 6 are given a choice of activities to choose from. This week they were able to choose to make something from sticks, many chose photograph frames, or build on their den building skills… Photograph frames… Den Building…

Nature Crowns (Year 1R)

Leaf Towers Year 1R started their afternoon creating a ‘leaf tower.’ The children found a short stick and then threaded leaves onto the stick to create a tower of colourful leaves. They had to focus on the size of the leaves starting with a huge leaf at the bottom and gradually getting smaller and smaller…