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Winter Wonderland

Year 1 children were delighted to find a Christmas tree with a bag of decorations (specially planted for them by Andy, the Metapic Wood owner). 

 

They made bird feeder decorations to add to the tree. 

 

Meanwhile Miss Vicky and Miss Marples were busy opening a tin of beans with an axe and cooking a feast over the fire. 

 

  

The children are impressing the staff with their fantastic attitude, resilience, team spirit and sense of fun.  It is great to see dirty faces and ruddy cheeks.

Getting ready for winter

The children prepared for winter with hats and gloves today.  Some of them wore the hand knitted animal mittens and hats from Joanne Roe. They happily put up with the colder weather to help make Hogitats for our hibernating hedgehogs and learnt about what to feed our prickly friends. Dog food!

Y1’s first forest school session

 

Staff were amazed at how quickly y1 children settled down to their forest school session, showing amazing stamina on this physically tiring afternoon. They are already beginning to show resilience and support each other.  They learnt about hibernating hedgehogs and practised their balancing skills on the new tightrope. 

Team challenges!

 

The children were set on team challenges to save Jack from the Giant and to help build the villagers homes including bathrooms and stables. They set to work making pulleys and using all the skills they had learnt in knot tying.  

Fires and tools.

 

Over the past two weeks, the year 2 children have been involved in using tools and making fires to support their forest school learning. They have all been very responsible and trustworthy and have learnt to work as a team and take care of each other.  We used bow saws to cut wood, peelers to make shavings. 

 

We used a fire steel to start a fire. We learnt the safety rules for these tasks. 

Today, following on from our literacy lesson about defending a castle, the children were set on the task of making catapults and bows and arrows. With the help of Miss Vicky and Freya's mum the children were able to make fantastic weapons and the arrows really did fly!

Forest School September 2018

Back to school and Forest School is in full swing.  This week we had a challenge to turn 2 sticks and 2 pieces of string into a trapdoor  to catch the naughty Leprachaun who lives in the woods.   We learnt how to make a slip knot for a snare trap and we found a skull from a small mammal (any ideas what animal it is?).

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A lovely Forest School pirate day for all.

A lovely Forest School pirate day for all. 1 PIRATES FOUND! The crew listening carefully.
A lovely Forest School pirate day for all. 2 Hunting for the clues along the way
A lovely Forest School pirate day for all. 3 Did the pirates leave us a sign?
A lovely Forest School pirate day for all. 4 Searching for the crocodile and mermaids.
A lovely Forest School pirate day for all. 5 Twigs for our swords and hooks.
A lovely Forest School pirate day for all. 6
A lovely Forest School pirate day for all. 7
A lovely Forest School pirate day for all. 8 Peeping Pirates
A lovely Forest School pirate day for all. 9 Watch out for hidden crocodiles!
A lovely Forest School pirate day for all. 10 Making telescopes.
A lovely Forest School pirate day for all. 11
A lovely Forest School pirate day for all. 12 Steering the Pirate ship.
A lovely Forest School pirate day for all. 13
A lovely Forest School pirate day for all. 14 Eye patches too, turning into pirates now.
A lovely Forest School pirate day for all. 15 Making mud for the pirate flag markings.
A lovely Forest School pirate day for all. 16 Map making.
A lovely Forest School pirate day for all. 17 Wave the flags!

It's official! We are now a fully operational Forest School.

It's official!  We are now a fully operational Forest School.  1
Mrs McParland has passed her level 3 Forest School qualification enabling her to use tools and fire in the forest school lessons.  
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