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Forest School 

 

Spring 1

 

Build the world 


This half term we will be working on the following skills such as, creating a variety of shelters, team work, and then learning to tie different types of knots. 

 

This half term we will be reading the story book Shelter. 

Week 1

This week in Forest School we have been looking at a wide range of shelters, we discussed the purpose of a shelter and then looked at different types of shelters we can create within school. We took advantage of the weather conditions by creating snow shelters. 

Week 2

This week we started our session with some recap games to see who could remember all the different types of shelters we had looked at during our first week.

When asked, we then put our selves into groups of threes and fours to create mini shelters using natural resources from sticks, grass and leaves. 

 

Week 3

This week has been a fantastic week, our team work has really improved when carrying out each individual activity. We have been really impressed with our listening and attention, this was shown as we created some fantastic mini tripod shelters. We have also been really impressed with knot skills, which keeps improving week by week the more confident we become.  

 

Week 4

This week has been a marvelous week in Forest School, It has been great to see everyone taken on individual and team challenges, which has resulting in winning house points and raffle tickets. We really enjoyed playing the desert island game which we will develop over the next few weeks. 

Week 5

During this week in Forest School, we have developed our knotting skills. We are a lot more confident with the rope and at doing more sophisticated knots. We put our skills into practice this week by working on a clove hitch, we then worked on attaching our hitch to a tree that will help us to make a strong solid shelter. As a challenge we split into groups to construct a 3D shape using sticks and elastic bands. 

Spring 2

Exploring our Wonderful World

This half term we are working on our geographical and navigational skills.  In Reception and  Key stage 1 we will work on our directional language to then develop positional awareness. In Key stage 2 we will be using a compass and Ordnance   Survey map to develop skills in map reading. 

 

We will be looking at two different books depending on the year group. 

 

Week 1

This week we introduced our new topic, we looked at different maps and then famous landmarks and then local landmarks. We also celebrated national deaf awareness day, this involved creating a sound map. 

Week 2

This week we carried out some directional language activities, we set up some simple courses using coloured cones. It was great to see that the directional language improved with every different course they successfully led their partner through. With KS2 we introduced the 8 points of a compass, which will help when we will navigate our way around the school grounds. 

Week 3 

This week we have been working on a range of skills from identifying map symbols to looking at grid referencing. We also looked at the history of St Patrick's day, we created a large scale Shamrock in groups using bark chippings on tarpaulin. 

Week 4

We have had a fantastic week this week in Forest School, It has been great to see the older year groups apply the skills we have worked on over the last few weeks. We were really impressed with years 4 and 6 who not only did some star orienteering but showed good team work as they worked together to complete each math's challenge at every check point. In year 5 we carried out a large orienteering course which involved using a 4 figure grid reference. We have also worked on directional language across most year groups, this involved working with a partner to guide them around a course. It has also been great to see all other year groups creating a natural large scale map of the school, Reception really thought carefully about all features, not just the main features we have been looking at.  

 

Week 5 

This week we carried on working on our navigation skills, this involved doing a range of orienteering. This involved either a star course or a four figure grid references. We also looked at human and physical features within our school grounds. Getting into the Easter celebrations, every class finished with a Easter egg hunt, despite the crazy weather we had lots for fun, especially the group of children that won a prize!

Summer Term 

This term we are learning all about living in the natural world. We will be looking at the following books. The Busy Busy Day, Rain before Rainbows and The invisible. 

Weeks 1 and 2 we worked on ground maintenance, this consisted of clearing any large branches surrounding our large storage area. We then emptied planters and tubs ready for our plants arriving. We have also carried out some litter picking on site and off site. 

 

Week 3 

This week has been a fantastic week in Forest School, each class had a go at working on the May Pole tradition. It was fantastic to see the improvement from last year everyone was a lot more confident when navigating around the May Pole. 

Week 4 

We have great fun this week thinking about HRH Queen Elizabeth II and the upcoming Jubilee celebrations in partnership Stanley council.

Week 1 

This week we have worked on painting and sorting our flower beds, it was great to see the rainbow garden area take shape over the course of the week. Each class have been given a different colour to paint making so bright and cheerful. 

Week 2 

This week we have cooked on the open fire, on the menu we have had chocolate and Banana wraps for KS1 and then Chilli Con Carne with Nachos for KS2. To finish the session off everyone had a toasted Marshmallow. 

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