During Forest School children have made bird feeders from apples. They learnt how to de-core an apple, use a chefs knife safely and how to tie simple knots.
Classes this week finished off their pond dipping and insect hunting. The ‘Biggest spider in the World’ returned once more frightening both children and adults! Cooking was a subdued affair with a simple bowl of nachos being cooked slowly on the fire. I was very impressed with how many children bravely attempted to eat more than one jalapeno!! Year 6 built some
magnificent dens complete with communication systems, they have really developed all their practical skills this term which has been lovely to see.
On behalf of our school community, I would like to say a big thank you to Bernadette Taylor, who is known in school as Nanny Bern. She has kindly given the school a very generous donation and asked that we buy some plants for use in school. With that in mind, we felt that we needed to do the donation justice and have put the money to good use purchasing some beautiful plants to be used in the sensory garden which will be developed over Easter. I look forward to sharing the before and after pictures with you in the Summer term.
Another incredibly busy week in Forest School. Carrying on from last week classes took part in pond dipping and insect hunting activities. The running total of different species in the pond is is now 22!
On Wednesday morning 3RM discovered two Common Newts, by the afternoon 6CK had managed to locate and catch a total of 7. Year 5 watched in delight as they witnessed the Whirligig beetle spinning around on the surface of the water while those hunting for insects managed to catch a variety of worms.
Cooking this week was a chance for the children to show off their culinary skills by making spicy cauliflower skewers, fondue and homemade garlic bread!
Spring has been kind to us all and has given us some incredible Forest School lessons with lots of exploring and investigation taking place. The daffodil bulbs have flowered along with the hyacinths which smell amazing.
Reception and Year 4 became fascinated by worms and spent a long time observing their every move! Year 6 were incredible this week and prepared the beds to enable them to plant carrot, broad bean and tomato seeds. Our campfire session this week gave us a chance to use ingredients which were kindly donated by Morrisons in Cardea. The children learnt how to make meatballs and cooked them along with some pasta on the campfire. Year 1 focused on their fine motor skills using the weaving boards Year 5 made and had fun den building.
Another busy week at Forest School which has resulted in a lot of washing for parents and the Forest School team! Naturally the first sessions of the day involve searching for ice and the wonders that it creates.The blue overalls have been out and most of KS1 and Year 3 have spent their sessions rolling down extremely muddy hills, playing ‘Stuck in the Mud’ and digging for treasure.
Year 5 put their STEM skills to use by constructing shelters to keep the wind and the rain out.
Year 6 taught Mr Knowling how to use a Bow Saw so that he could make his own tree cookie and cooking club this week made delicious chocolate orange cakes by removing the flesh from an orange, filling it with chocolate cake mixture, wrapping it in foil and popping it on the fire for 30 minutes.
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