4th July 2018
Lovely morning spent practicing our fire lighting skills with 5 minute fires and some knife skills practice. We also spotted a common grass snake and a field mouse!
6th June 2018
Lovely warm afternoon in the woods. The children did a great job of remembering how to keep safe at Forest Schools. We did some house keeping, played 'Touch the tree' and began to develop our dens and fire pit areas. It sounds like all the children have some yummy ideas for the ' Big cookout'
The Year 2 group spent the first week on the beach. Amongst other things we did a beach clean and managed to clean the beach of half a bag of rubbish. The children also created various sculptures including a dragon.
Another week we went for a Spring Walk looking for signs of spring. Back at school we were inspired by the Facebook group Devon Rocks and Stones to paint our own stones to hide in the local area for others to find.
Last week we had a look through the magnifying glasses at things in the garden. Miss Graves got a fire going despite the rain and using the three point stance toasted marshmallows to make into s’mores. We also learnt how to tie the figure of eight knot.
A few visitors in the woods today. The children were taught by past pupils who shared their knot skills with them. We then used these skills to make zip wires, rope swing and rope ladders for the Pudseys who also joined us. The group worked really well together and came up with some great solutions.
A crisp afternoon in the woods. The children spent some time reflecting on Remembrance and produced 2D and 3D poppies. We continued the hunt for stick insects but sadly did not find any this week. The children did find a lovely snail however!
A fun-filled firework Friday! We had natural firework making and great team work today. The children enjoyed hot chocolate, fire-work biscuits and marshmallows. We even had time for den building! The best thing is we found a HUGE stick insect.
A lovely afternoon exploring the woods with toasted marshmallows to finish off the term with. Great to see such fabulous team work within the group!
Friday 22nd September
Fun filled afternoon on the beach this week. We worked on our team work skills and together made a castle with a moat, tower and drawbridge. The children also had to work together to find objects and we played team games.
Last session for this lovely group! Mini beast hunt and making with marshmallows to follow. Yummy!
A lovely afternoon playing in the woods! We recapped the rules which help to keep us safe at Forest School and played '123 Where are you?' The children then spent some time building homes for Woodlouse with some amazing ideas including slides, pools, cozy beds and secret hidey holes. Followed by juice and biscuits then a quick march up the hill!
A trip down to the woods today. The children began to learn about the things which keep ourselves and our friends safe at Forest School. We played the 'Name game' with some very inventive animals being chosen! The children decided on a boundary and we talked about what that meant. We then had some time to explore the woods and we collected 10 different items each to take home in our collecting bags.
What a delightful group of children class 1 are! We starting by playing the name game and thought about our Forest School name and what action could go with that. The children showed a great understanding of why it would not be safe for us to go to the woods today. After that we climbed over the style into the field and collected objects to weave into our frames. The children also enjoyed strawberries and a drink.
A lovely day sunny day in the woods with plenty of things to look at and discover. In teams of three we made three different sized Pyramids using what we could find. The children also enjoyed making their own Egyptian inspired necklaces.
A lovely afternoon spent looking at hieroglyphics. The children used natural materials to make words of their choice and then we guessed what each one was. Hot juice and custard creams were enjoyed by all! Free time was spent developing their dens and tree climbing skills.
This week we split into 4 teams and worked together using natural materials to complete Egyptian challenges.We had lots of fun working out how to complete them with no tools! Miss Beer loved the boat, bridge and temple....all the children were very inventive.
First session for the Year 3's. We enjoyed an afternoon recapping what we do to keep ourselves safe at Forest Schools and spent some time making dens.
This week was the final session for the Year 2's so fire and smores were ha!
Today we went to the woods again - through the mud and up the bank into the wood. The children continue exploring the woods, climbing trees, finding insects and we collected wood for next weeks fire. Some children also used the knives to help whittle a stick.
This week we went to the wood and trailed through lots of mud to get there! We played the name game and went through the rules of Forest School. We then played 1,2,3 Where are you and then the children went and explored the woods. Some children built dens, some climbed trees, some picked up logs, some rolled in the leaves and others swept the leafy floor and created a path!
Friday 24th February
A lovely first session at the beach today with Year 2. They are studying buildings back in the class so they were given the challenge to make one out of things found on the beach. We had a fairy house, Buckingham Palace - complete with the Queen and a guard, Big Ben and a house with a moat around it. Other loved looking for creature in the rock pools and under the rocks and many a shrimp was found. The wall was a great challenge for some as well.
A lovely afternoon playing in the woods today. The children explored and played in the woods looking for some magic along the way! We found magpie feathers, interesting moss, sticks galore, bird song, spotted a deer and made some amazing dens.
A few mixed weeks of Forest Schools. The children have enjoyed den building in class 1 playground and sampled soup made by the Year 1s. We also had a lovely afternoon exploring the work of Andy Goldsworthy and spent another afternoon creating collages with man-made and natural materials which reflect our topic of World War 2. With den building in the woods too we have been busy!
Miss Graves had the pleasure of taking the group today. We went for a short walk up the lanes and enjoyed jumping in muddy puddles! We then put our brains in gear and had a very good game of eye spy while looking over a gate. We came back to school and continued making some Christmas craft of reindeers out of tree cookies and glitter!!
Busy, busy busy today at Forest School. We made natural Remembrance gardens and had a go at making metal poppy pins. Some really thoughtful ideas were shared. The children also enjoyed playing 'touch the tree'
Amazing, wonderful, super, treetastic, metaltastic, awesome..... were just some of the words used to describe this weeks Forest School. The year 5s enjoyed a new game called Touch the tree. Great fun was had in trying to get back to the tree before the time was up and we loved some of the ingenious places the children found to hide. We also really enjoyed making some objects with wire and hammers! Special thanks to our industrious helpers!
Super afternoon on the sunny beach! Today we collected driftwood and worked together to made scary sharks.
Sunny afternoon on the beach! As it is Coastal Clean up day we had a 2 minute treasure hunt for thing we should find on the beach and 2 minutes to find things we should not leave on the beach. The children found some surprising and interesting objects to produce pictures with.
A fun filled first session for the year 1 children. We played 123 Where are you? and talked about all things we remembered from the last time which help to keep us safe in the woods. They had some free time to explore and look for changes. Biscuits and juice were enjoyed by all!
Last afternoon in the woods and what a lovely afternoon we had. Mrs Martin joined us for part of the session and the children were able to share the skills they have so far learnt. All the children were fab at remembering their Forest School names and showed her how to play '123 Where are you...? The highlight was the marshmallow toasting! The children were able to toast a marshmallow safely using a 3 point stance. We even found some time to create dinosaur nests! A big thank you to all the parents who have been able to help over the sessions.