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Class 3 Forest School- Spring 2022

Garlic soup anybody! Lots of fun today in the woods, glorious sun and super teamwork.  It was lovely to see different children begin new friendships in the woods, which will hopefully continue back in school.  Wood was whittled into all sorts of uses- from defense to headwear and it was a joy to hear so much laughter amongst all the children.   Sadly it was our last session but hope to pick up from where we have left it next year. 

At last! Class 3 are in the woods.  They have been waiting patiently to be able to enjoy their forest school sessions and yesterday, their dreams came true!! 

It was wonderful to see how at ease they all were at moving around the different environment.  They all seemed very comfortable with the boggy ground and they immediately got stuck into building dens, exploring the woodland and enjoying each others company.  Once bases were established, the children started whittling sticks using sheath knives and some went on to tie string to sticks to create bows for their arrows.  It was lovely to hear the laughter echoing through the woodland and the soound of children chomping on toasted marshmallows! 

This week, the children discovered the MUDSLIDE!!! Which you probably know about... The yalso picked some wild garlic and added it to their dough mix, whittled sticks and backed their garlic twists over the fire.  Their whittling skills are really improving.  


This week, the children oticed how much the woodland had blossomed due to spring/summer.  The bluebells and wild garlic were in full colour and scent.  Over the afternoon, the children made camps, whittled, built fires and invented games.  I had a go at making an Anglo-Saxon inspired wall/hurdle.  The children were very much at hme in the woods and it was lovely to see them enjoying the space andthe interaction with each other. 

Forest School Spring Term Year 2

 Year 2 have finally got into the woods!! They are complete naturals...exploring, building and discovering.  As the days have progressed, the children have built dens, shelters, bridges, fairy houses as well as climbed trees, fed fires and chomped on marshmallows!  Some are starting to explore fire making and others are starting to work with tools like knives, loppers and bow saws.  Next week will bring a whole new world of discovery I am sure!! 

As the children have become more confident, I have spent some time teaching them about the art of making fire.  They were very attentive and some of the children went off to attempt the challenge independently.  One girl did an incredible job and built a very successful fire that lasted long enough to toast marshmallows on.  It was a super achievement and a long lasting memory for her.  Other triumphs were further den creations, more tools use, the sawing of logs using a bowsaw and some very imaginative play.  Well done everyone! 

SUPER last week!! The children really came into their own today.  We had fires (controlled!) all over the place, all lit independently.  The Children used clay to form images, as well as daub on their faces... Some ventured up to the top and chilled with the fairies.  Others found copious amounts of sticks to burn or discover the inner stick man in them all.  WOnderful times, great memories and a super group that have really excelled over the past few weeks!! Well Done Year 2!!! 

Forest School is back!! Autumn 2021

Week 2 with Year 5....They were incredible.  The commerarderie and friendships have developed so much since I last worked with them.  It was wonderful to see them supporting each other, helping each other achieve ther wishes and also acknowledge each others accomplishments.  Huge fires were lit and bases were developed.  The children shared their skills and worked hard.  We had a mammoth amount of wood splitting going on to feed the fires,  toasting of cheesy dough to make wood fired cheese twists.  Some of the tallest trees were climbed  - see if you can spot the boys in some of the photos! And, the most scrummy chocolate brownies were washed down with hot chocolate.  A truly sumptuous day! 

How amazing to have Year 5 back in the woods after such a long absence!!!

They made me really proud, seeing how embedded the Forest School code was in their lives.  Their safety and respect for each other was outstanding and after a while, it was as if they had never left.  All the tools were out, fires lit all over the place.  Trees were being felled and axes were used to chop up fire wood.  The confidence and enjoyment was brimming out of them and I look forward to further successes over the coming weeks...

For our last Class 1 Forest School, the children had their pack up around the fire.  The children help build a huge fire to keep us warm and then all settled around it.  They then broke off to explore and play; some built dens, others bridges and others their own fire.  In class, the children had made some pumpkin soup which we took into the woods, warmed on the fire and enjoyed towards the end of the session.  We had a super end and the childreneven made me a marvellous thank you card.  I have been so impressed with the children, how they grew in confidence in the woods and how they gelled is a group.  Bring on next year!! 

Today, we were lucky to celebrate Ben's birthday.  We stuffed our faces with smores and some of the children went home with more chocolate around their faces than in their bellies!  We had a range of budding photographers today.  It's always interesesting to see what captures the child's imagination and to see the world from their viewpoint.  APologies for some out of focus snaps, but these are 4,5,6 year olds taking them! The fire making has improved over the week, two separate fires were built and used to toast the marshmallows.  Lots of tree climbing and even more bug hunting took place.  Dens seem to be starting to be developed so  I imagine, next week will see more of that.. Great week everyone . 

What a great day! Even though the weather was a little wet, it didn't dampen the spirits of Class 1.  The children did some super exploring, turning things over to find some minibeasts.  They had a go at using a flint and steel and Freddie successfully lit the fire!   Later on, a group of children built there own fire which Will went on to spark into life.  Dens were built, sticks were cut to size and marshmallows were toasted.  We even had Oliver take control of the camera to capture the adventure through different eyes.  Well done everyone! 

Class 1 have had their first experience of the woods and they were amazing!! We had a great time exploring the woods and finding out about each other.  The children were incredible and settled into the wild ways immediately.  They helped gather the sticks to make the fire, they made fairy houses, and went on adventures to discover what was in the woods.  Super first session to introduce the children to the woodland environment.  Let's see what next week brings!!! 

Year 5 - 2020

Oh yes! We are back.  What a joy it was to lead the year 5 group into the woods again.  It seemed like ages but once we were in, the children slotted back into their superb forest school characters again.  Fires were lit immediately and knives were unsheathed to practise whittling skills.  One of the boys developed the 'capture the flag' game and the children and myself had a great time experimenting with the rules and adapting them to work in our environment.  

So good to see happy faces, hearing the children laugh and be free as well as demonstrate their retention for safety instructions and respecting the environment.  laugh

The third week was full of bright skies and smiles.  The children have seamlessly slotted back into the Forest School ways.  Fires were lit with ease which enabled other chores to be undertaken.  Some of the children took to sawing some of the thickest trunks.  What started out as an 'impossible' task was later to become an 'accomplished ' task and to see the satisfaction and hear the joy of achievment was a real pleasure.  

Some children used a wide range of tools, from bow saws to billhooks and hand powered drills.  They made their candle holders with care and precision, using all the tools very safely.  Capture the flag played a part once again and the day was finished off by roasting chocolate filled bananas and drinking hot chocolate.  Another  fun-filled and successful day.

Forest School during Lockdown

Farewell Year 6!

Well, it has been a real joy to be able to have continued with Forest School through the Lockdown.  Firstly with the Vulnerable children and the Key worker children and then with the Year 6's as they complete their final steps of their Primary School life.  

Unfortunately, we missed a load of photo opportunities but I am really pleased that we documented today in the woods.  It has to have been my most memorable- not only because it is nearly the last one for this year group but because today, all the children demonstrated an accumulation of their Forest skills to create a wonderful woodland time.  

The group sub-divided into boys and girls, they made their repective dens and set about making fires.  Once their fires were at a good level of intensity, they started cooking.  All the food and utensils were provided by themselves and the organisation, teamwork, sharing and delegation was self led.  

The children proved they were completely independent in a wilderness.  They developed shelters that they made homely, created warmth via the fire which then served as a cooker.  They cared for their peers and even tried foods they had not been exposed to before.  

Jacket potatoes, kebabs, bacon, sausages, pasta. noodles and squash were all cooked.  Herbal teas were brewed and marshmallows toasted.  The grazing didn't seem to end and there were many content bellies by the end of it.  

 It was a proud moment for Mrs Paxton and myself to see how mature, grown up and independent the children were.  They proved they have surpassed any 'end of key stage' objectives the government sets in a myriad of subjects - Science, DT, PSHCE etc.  

Thank you Year 6 for showing what you are truly capable of; with these skills  you will have a fantastically successful future! 

Year 2

It was lovely to welcome the Year2's into the woods again.  They had grown up so much since they were in Year 1 but their zest for the Forest and enthusiasm to explore hadn't changed! The children set about climbing trees immediately and then we headed into the big woods for fire lighting training, sheath knife whitttling, tree planting, marshmallow toasting and hot chocolate quaffing- It was a muddy adventure and it was wonderful to see 12 beaming faces at the end of it al!!

are making the most of it... They are excellent wood collectors which has enabled us to produce some pretty spectacular fires.  They have been busy tidying up the sleeves in the woods too, making the forest environment even more beautiful.  

Clay was the order of the day as the children made their own clay and created sculptures.  Tress climbing has been really popular and because of the delue of rain, some of the team set to work sorting out drainage and stream clearing.  ONe week to go, Let's see what they produce! 

Forest School @ Birstwith Autumn 2019

Year 4

Year 4 had lovely weather to start their Forest School session.  It was a crisp wintery afternoon which enabled us to produce a good fire and re-introduce the children to the woods.  They settled in brilliantly, venturing off to explore and re-live some of their past times.  It was super to see the group working with some of our new pupils and demonstrating safe practice around the woodland site.  This evening, we managed to consume vast amounts of a tomato based pasta stew and hot chocolate.  Another Forest School first was the use of walkie-talkies.  They worked fabulously well, sllowing for a different dynamic in the woods to develop.  

Very dark, windy and wet... but you wouldn't have known it as the spirits were high and the children kept on having fun.  More adventures, further whittling and some delicious cheesy bread that was beautifully baked over the glowing fire.  

Well it's a Happy New Year to you all and it was great to kick Forest School off with the start of term this year. Last term ended with us inviting parents to join us for mulled wine and mince pies and this year began with the whole group conscientiously working together to get their own fires going.  Everyone was successful in their respective groups and the joy that came from their success was a pleasure to be amongst.  Some managed to bake their own choccy bananas on their own fire and then enjoy licking their fingers being kept warm by their hard earned embers.  The evenings are getting longer and it has been amazing to see how all the children have coped so admirably in the darkness.  Let's hope the rest of 2020 continues as successfully as it started!! 

Year 3

Another first for Forest School... it makes me very proud to announce that Archie has been given the role of Forest School Ambassador.  This is a very special role that allows Archie to join any of the Forest School sessions and share his skills with the other children on session.  He has been a fantastic role model in his own groups and it is going to be great to see him model great Forest School behaviour to others. 

Year 3 started really well, they set up a new camp and gor straight on with a fire square.  The children proved to be very confident with the use of tools and we had all sorts done, from whittling, lopping, sawing and spliting.  Along with all the tool use, games were played, dens were built, hot choclate was drunk and marshmallows were toasted.  A few wet bodies due to the boggy nature of the woods but there were smiles all around.   One week off and then back to it after half term- prepare for wetter and darker days...

Our Bonfire Forest School consisted of crazy coloured fires, leaf firework displays, hot chocolate and marshmallows.  The axes were being wielded this week so that more fire wood could be chopped and the children took great pleasure in splitting, sawing and whittling to create their own mallets! 

With the early darkness and the constant wetness, the groups location was moved to adjacent to the school grounds for both safety and  time efficiency reasons.  The children still got to explore the woods and make the most of them and those that wanted to help start teh fire and keep it lit could do too.  This evening, Mrs Walker surpassed herself again and threw a chocolatey mix into the dutch oven whish turned into a very enjoyable if somewaht charred chocolate cake. We will not be defeated by the heat and our endeavours to produce more edible delights continues... One week left for Year 3...

In our last week, we were rely up against it... The wind was non-existent and the atmosphere was heavy from all the rain that had fallen.  Building and maintaining a fire was proving to be incredibly difficult but thanks to some very resilient children, they managed to whip up enough of a breeze to enable us to cook some scrummy sausages and well deserved hot chocolate.  Well done and thank-you to Freddie, Lilah, Megan and Izzy for all your hard work!! As a final round up, we asked what the highlights of their Year 3 session in the forest was.  All the children gave different responses but most of their strongest memories centered around spending time with their friends, being able to do new things and unsurprisingly... eating! 

Well until next year :)

Year 5

It has been absolutely brilliant to start Forest School again this year and to see the children return with increased confidence, ever growing enthusiasm and the ability to retain all the saftey advice to ensure their tool use is handled with respect and due care.  The children could remember how to do things like make zip wires, build awesome fires and the year of absence from the woods has shown they have matured too in their own social groupings.  

Another really successful day in the woods. It has been amazing to see the children grow year on year in the woods and to see how much more confident and at ease they are in conditions that are not always preferrable.  Today, they immersed themselves- literally in the over flowing brook that flows through the woods.  They demonstrated a love for Harry Potter as some whittled wands and cast spells on others.  Some of the boys were successful in lighting a fire in very damp conditions whilst the main camp fire was cranked up so we could bake orange muffins and chocolate bananas... a real success and a lot has been learnt from our first attempt last year! 

Looking forward to more culinary skills to come...watch this space! 

Well, the sun shone for us again today! The children did loads of different things and showed further independence.  I spent some time demonstrating fire making and lighting under damp conditions. Mrs Walker was busy again prepping the dough for our most successful and yummiest ever bread wit hcheese or chocolate! Some of the children made little spa shops for a forest pampering whilst some made Harry Potter wands and broomsticks and others created a super slippery mudslide (sorry mums and dads!) It's been great to see the children finding further things to entertain and create. Last one for Year 5 next week; hope for more sunshine and scrummy food! 

The final week for year 5 brought many things- mainly a dry spell!  Well weather wise- most children opted for the wet and found 'Forest Bathing' was their thing...

All sorts was accomplished, some made things like hammers and spoons.  Others explored other areas of the woods and found trees that needed climbing, mushrooms that needed identifying and branches that needed chopping.  Some made little woodland medallions and others helped to get the fire going and prep the food.  On today's menu we had popcorn followed by cheesy nachos, washed down with some hot chocolate.  Unfortunately, the temperature control on the fire was set to high and the popcorn took a toasting! But, the nachos were enjoyed by everyone.  Thanks again Mrs Walker for your wonderful culinery delights, we will crack popcorn one day! 

Well done Year 5, a fabulous time in the woods- remember things and let's see what you can do for next year!  

Forest School @ Birstwith Summer 2019

Year 2

Heading into our third year of Forest School and we still have experiences that we have never had before... Today, the Year 2's had the priviledge of attending their second Forest School within a year! They are becoming real naturals in the woods, their organisation, independence and enthusiasm is incredible.  They could remember so much from 8 months ago which enabled them to build dens, whittle sticks, use saws, loppers and knives as well as totally independently start fires that were well managed, burnt for over 2 hours and we used them to toast marshmallows and boli the water for hot chocolate.  Well done everyone!!  Another first that we had the pleasure of witnessing was the whittling of a pheasant foot... possibly not one to be repeated but hats off for the originality and confidence to even consider it!  

Week 2 and the rain kept on coming... This did not deter the enthusiasm though.  More dens were built, the fire was started immediately and there was a hive of whittling children, making all sorts of sharp sticks - from little pencils to 6ft javelins.  A very busy crowd.  Great to see everyone working alongside each other so well and sharing their skills. Well done all of you!

Well, Forest School for the summer of 2019 has come to an end and what a way to finish... The Year 2's have been amazing and also very lucky.  they were fortunate to have two forest school experiences this year and it has been wonderful to see them progress, retain their learning and explore further with their tool use and craftsmanship.  

We were fortunate to find a dead badger today- fortunate in the sense that it gave the children the opportunity to see a one of our native species up close- something that is quite tricky as they are nocturnal and usually only seen squashed on the side of the road. The children's enquiry was wonderful and they were gripped as they had a closer examination of its huge claws, beautiful stripes and razor sharp canines. Along with this, a huge fire was built in some pretty bleak circumstances and the children were able to enjoy another Forest School first - Toasted wraps, courtesy of mrs Walkers fine ingredients! The children loved them and followed that with a huge marshmallow.  Whilst all this was going on, some of the boys learnt how to split wood with an axe whilst others nested in their well developed dens and others cared for poorly snails.  

On the way back to school, we found moths, frogs and watched a buzzard circle overhead- possibly eyeing some of the prey we had enjoyed viewing! 

Let's hope next year is as equally successful.  Thank you to all the children for taking part and making it such a unique experience and to Mrs Walker, who without her assistance, none of this would be possible! 

if any adults would like to visit forest School or even give up some of their time to share the nature, please feel free to speak to me! 

happy holidays, 

Mr Roy

Year 6

Like ducks to water; the Year 6's started their Forest School session as if they had never left in Year 5! They were the first class to try Forest School in the darkest, snowiest conditions last year and this year they have had the glory of spring to enjoy the woodland.  We saw a lot... from the muddiest bog snorkler to successful fire lighting.  The children took part in a myriad of activities; whittling wands, splitting logs, creating tattoo palours and building multi person swings, as well as exploring the woods and hanging like koalas in trees enjoying their hot chocolate and marshmallows.  It was lovely to see how confident they all were, how well they all remembered their tool safety and their fire lighting steps. Let's see what the next few weeks bring...

As ever, the Year 6's got on with things very independently.  It was super to see some fires being lit and controlled completely by the children- strong enough for us to do all our cooking on.  Dens and tree climbing has been popular as well as good old fashioned games such as 'Hide and seek'! 

The last week for Year 6 was another one of firsts... We foraged wild garlic, made some wild garlic pesto and cooked spaghetti on the fire. To accompany this, we roasted dough balls with wild garlic butter inside! We had a sumptuous feast which was enjoyed by everyone.  Alog with all of this, more dens were made and personalised by their inhabitants.  

Unfortunately, this would be the last Forest School session for the Year 6 crew.  I trust they have learnt a lot about their natural environment, themselves and improved on their confidence as well as their resilience when it comes to problem solving, working together and resilience in some testing conditions.  Well done all and all the very best in the next stage of your lives. 


Forest School @ Birstwith Spring 2019


The little reception children took part in their first Birstwith Forest School experience this Tuesday.  They were super prepared and ready before me which was great to see.  

The children entered the first small copse and we spoke about how to be safe in the woods and how to respect all the new spring life that was just coming out.  The children were very knowledgable and showed that they really cared for the environment.  Once we had loaded the tool box and the children knew the first place to visit, we set off across the field to find some coloured strings to make 'Dragon Breath' bracelets which helped the children remain safe in the woods.  The bracelet making is a way of getting children to work in pairs and allow me a chance to assess how children get on with new tasks, their fine motor control and how they deal with having to wait their turn.  All the children did really well and whilst some were waiting, we spotted animals in the clouds. 

Once in the woods, a huge exploration took part.  Bridges were built, dams were made, fairy houses were constructed...Trees were climbed, fires were lit and nearly half of the group were able to use a flint and steel to create a spark.  It was lovely to see such freedom and creativity amongst them all.  The day finished with some well received hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows which I am sure will be on the request list for next week!!  Oh they found the mud too! Well done all of you. 

Week 2 and the kids just got muddier! These little reception children throw themselves into everything... they really have some vitality and it is lovely to see them explore their limits in the woods.  Once the trolley of tools had arrived safely at the base, the children set about collecting wood for the fire.  Following that, they got some sticks to use as claves and marched over to the Forest School Limbo poles... here they tested their flexibility to bend their way under the ever lowering pole.  From here, the children went off in little groups- some built dens, others explored the swampy waters whilst others practised their flint and steel use.  Some of the girls have got so good with the flint and steel, they were able to set the tinder alight - awesome.  The day continued with some woodland art, the boys experimented with dousing fire sticks, everyone got their wellies stuck in the mud and wooden frames were turned into organic climbing frames.  Once again, marshmallows and hot chocolate were on the menu and after a tumbling return back to school, the children were back with their parents, suitably exhausted ( I hope!) 

Well, week 3 and even more mud!! The children were amazing this week.  Firstly they set about piling up loads of old tree protectors for future use.  Some climbed trees, others turned into mud monsters, whilst others found a sunny spot for some stream beach sun bathing! They had loads of fun what ever they did and we ended the day with a stream stomp and grassland bum shuffle to try and reduce the dirt that the little cherubs were trying to get in their parents cars! 

It's a shame it's the last week, but, we filled our bellies! The mud monsters returned for more swamp action, a group spent a long time practising their climbing skills and some of the girls were very successful using the flint and steel to spark the tinder.  This week, pushed the boundaries of food... Sausages in rolls were the starter, washed down with hot chocolate.  The main was baked dough balls  and the dessert was a gooey mess of molten marshmallow mixed with chocolate drops scooped up with finger biscuits... A very sticky way to end a wonderful and memorable first Forest School for Reception. Well done everyone! 

Year 1

Year 1 started their first Forest School session brilliantly.  They were probably the most prepared group Mrs Walker and I have ever met! They had all the right clothing on and were raring to go.  The children had a quick introduction to the forest areas with focus on managing themselves and being safe.  Then we went for a walk to find traces of dragons.  The children found some dragon thread which they wove into bracelets then they went on a mission to create fairy houses and dens for themselves.  The session ended with a huge fire which the children collected all the wood for accompanied with hot chocolate and marshmallows- Yummy! With the second session, we were fortunate to be joined with by Ash- he is training to be a Forest School Practitioner and he enjoyed showing some children to make swords whilst I was teaching  another group of children to whittle sticks to make marshmallow toasters.  the children were amazing with their knife safety and we all enjoyed a good munch on some smiley marshmallows at the end of the day.  other children, lopped branches, made dens, further fairy houses, climbed trees and generally investigated the woodland area.  The wood collecting was enthusiastic again which meant another roaring fire!! Well done everyone :)

Straight back to it after half-term.  The weather has been fabulous so we managed a stop-off on the way to the woods to kick back and let our imaginations float away with the clouds as they conjured up images of cupcakes, trains and cricket bats.  Once in the woods, the children worked in a myriad of ways- some doing a blind fold walk, some building dens, others, bridge-making, wood collecting and some even tried to light their own fires. Once again, the evening finished off with some marshmallows and hot chocolate which were eagerly consumed! 

Well, what a nenergetic bunch the Year 1's are! After a whole day at Harlow Carr, they still managed to get fulled togged up and venture into the woods for their final Forest session.  They were eager to get started, the wood lady and the woodman led the way- collecting all the right sized wood, sourcing dry sticks from some magical place! Once the fire was roaring, some children started to make charcoal sticks to go and create their own art with on the nearby trees.  Others made mud-slides whilst others made more dens, bases and climbing apparatus.  

We had Generals guarding the camp fire so the area remained safe and nobody tried to nab a roasting banana before they were ready.  As the day drew on, the bananas stuffed with chocolate and marshmallows were unwrapped and consumed with enthusiasm whist being washed down with hot-chocolate. To end, ALL the children took themselves off to the bridge where they all played and chatted amongst themselves whilst sinking in the boggy mud and getting a little bit wetter than they first set out to be! A thoroughly enjoyed experience, they have all been brilliant and they are already looking forward to their next opportunity...as long as more food is on offer it seems!!!   

Year 5

Year 5 got straight into the Forest spirit.  George turned up ready to take down any woolly mammoths we might encounter, then added to his ensemble of weaponry by creating his own mallet using a Billhook, a bowsaw and a sheath knife. A group- now called the 'Five Flaming Friends'- set to work on their fire making immediately and they were suitably rewarded with a super fire which was well controlled for the duration of the session.  

Other groups, made dens, bashers, camping areas, more fires and whittling and lopping was very popular.  As the sun set, we settled down to some cosy hot chocolate and everyone toasted their marshmallows on their own fires! Blissssss! 

The weeks have continued to bring new skills to the Forest School tribe; a group of children selected a range of wood, made charcoal and will see what the results will be soon... George took it one step further and produced some Neanderthal art by chewing the charcoal and spitting it around his hand onto a tree! Hats off to him for being so enthusiastic about it and we are looking forward to seeing his 'bright white' smile tomorrow!  The groups once again enjoyed toasting marshmallows and telling tales around the fire as others became more proficient at billhook use, bowsaw cutting and general fire feeding duties. 

Raging fires, scrummy sausages, more charcoal chomping and some super knot tying saw the Year 5 Forest School reach its finale.  The children al had a marvellous time in the woods but unfortunately it had to come to end...Till next year! 

Year 4

Well Year 4 kicked off Forest School with some enthusiasm.  The wind, rain and freezing temperatures didn't dampen any spirits as the team picked up pretty much exactly where they had left it last year! It was lovely to see how much they could all remember. Sophia returned with her special piece of zipwire wood, most of the children could remember the safety aspects surrounding tools and fires and even when darkness set in, the children comfortably sat around the fires toasting marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate...

The second week proved to be equally challenging...Possibly the wettest conditions we have had to date, but, all the children soldiered through, built dens, whittled and they even managed to enjoy another hot chocolate to warm their souls!!

Week 4 and the children brought their full Christmas enthusiasm! In a deluge of rain, we managed to get a shelter up and start to build a fire.  Some of the children helped build the main fire whist others perservered in their personal attempts to light their own fires and achieve their own success - in possibly the most trying environmental conditions! After a lot of hard work, we finally had a strong fire burning, Mrs Walker had made some of her (slowly becoming famous) dough and the children selcted their toasting sticks.  We backed cheesy twists and cooked sausages on the fire whilst belting out the Christmas production repetiore to warm our spirits. Well done Year 4 on a manic but successful time in the woods- better luck next time with your fire making endevours!!

Year 3

What a pleasure it was to have this group return... They had not been in the woods since June and they could all remember tool saftey and fire safety protocol.  It was wonderful to see them get stuck into it straight away, whittling, fire building, chopping and investigating. What a fantastic 4 weeks... we have had everything.  The children took on new experiences with gusto.  Some were very creative with sticks, others built their own furniture.  The boys worked together magnificently to maintain their fire for well over 10 minutes- it was so well organised, we had our hot chocolate around it!  We even tried to make muffins baked in oranges.  This is a work in progress but definitely an experience to remember! Well done all of you!!

Year 2

The children had a lot of investigating the larger woodland.  They worked really well individually, in pairs and in groups to leave their mark on the Forest School area.  New firsts for myself and Mrs Walker were the wooded bridge building, the toasting of green leaves and the shameless toliet stop! 

There is always something new :) 

Year 2

Week 2 and the children brought some fantastic imagination.  They started off using their senses on the midnight walk- the instructions were excellent and they all safely navigated their way through the winding labyrinth.  From this soome continued to explore with their senses, others created a fantastic ninja fox hunt game.  Some of the children experimented with fire lighting whilst others honed their knife skills, whittling sticks ready for marshmallows and hot chocolate! yummy:) 

Year 2

Well it's come to an end with Year 2 but what a fantastic time they have had...It has been so wonderful to see the children blossom in the woods.  Their enthusiasm and confidence was brimming over and they took part in a whole host of different adventures.  It was super to see the children experimenting with ropes and how they created a pulley system to hoist their friends onto a makeshift climbing frame.  Some children had their own stick war, others baked cheesy bread whilst others continues to build dens, make fires, whittle sticks as well as toast marshmallows! We even has our first Forest tooth fall out- possibly a result of all the sticky goodness the children consumed!! Hope you enjoy the pictures.  Thanks again to Mrs Walker; if there are any other adults that would like to get involved, please speak to me :)

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