Fairytale Beanstalks and Magical Potions

Two weeks ago Reception 1 planted some beans. The children were taught how to use trowels safely and they told me what equipment was needed: pots, soil, beans and water. Once given guidance on how to plant a bean the children went off in search of soil to put in their pot before planting their…

Creating Habitats

As it is reaching the end of term, Year 4F started the Forest School session by doing a bit of spring cleaning in the school grounds. The children carefully de-constructed dens and dragged large branches and pieces of wood to the corner of the field. This not only re-enforces what they have learnt about how…

The Egg Box Scavenger Hunt

Keeping in with the Easter theme, Year 2J took part in an egg box scavenger hunt. The children were split into four groups: The Hedgehog Team, Badger Team, Fox Team and Squirrel Team. Each team was given an egg box with 12 different pictures on the front including a daisy, ivy leaf, twig, brown leaf,…

Falling in Love with Snails

During one of our Forest School sessions this week, the pupils in Year 5HC became very distracted by a family of snails that had made a home in our box of natural materials. The pupils were in absolute awe of these very harmless minibeasts…  

Mexican Weaving

This week in Forest School Year 5HC continued perfecting their weaving skills and created some amazing Mexican weaving patterns. A skill that can be taught to most age groups. Simply tie to sticks together using yarn to create a cross. Then using different coloured yarn, weave through the sticks, pulling tightly, to create these beautiful…

Brilliant Bird Nests

As part of British Science Week, Year 5 put their weaving skills to the test to make a bird’s nest. This doubled up nicely with National Sparrow Day. The purpose was to answer this question ‘Can people build nests like birds can?’ We looked at a real nest built by a bird which a Year…

Better Teamwork = Better Dens

This half term Year 4F’s focus has been den building. Firstly learning how to carry sticks and branches safely, creating miniature dens and then last week they created their first big den. This week the pupils evaluated their work from last week. They talked about what worked well with their den building last week, what…

Fire Steels, Weaving and Bugs!

This afternoon Year 2J had their first try at using a fire steel. They learnt that a fire steel is used to start a camp fire by creating a spark. They learnt that a fire steel can be used in any weather at any altitude. They learnt how to correctly hold the 2 parts of…

‘Y’ Stick Loom Weaving

This afternoon year 5HC used sticks and yarn to create their own weaving loom. Each pupil found a ‘y’ shaped stick to begin with. Some found these on the ground whereas others discovered large ‘y’ shapes in trees created by the joining of two branches. Using a piece of yarn each pupil created their loom…

Den Building

Over the past few weeks year 4F have been developing their miniature den building skills by creating miniature worlds and Amazonian tribal villages. Using the same skills, but on a bigger scale, the pupils learnt how to safely carry branches and other large pieces of wood to create large dens in which they could shelter….

African Gumboot Dancing

As part of their Creative Curriculum topic about Africa, this afternoon the children had a go at ‘Gumboot Dancing.’ Gumboot dancing originates from South Africa. The word ‘gumboot’ is another name for Wellington Boots. These ‘gumboots’ were worn by workers who worked in the gold mines in South Africa. The workers’ uniform consisted of hardhats,…

Mother’s Day Frames

This afternoon in Forest School the pupils in Year 5HC created rustic photograph frames as a gift for Mother’s Day. They started by collecting 4 sticks of a similar length. Using yarn of their mum’s favourite colour, they attached the 4 sticks together. They then used natural materials such as leaves, daisies and pine cones…