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Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.

Year 6-January 2018

In class we are learning about explorers so Mrs Wilson has asked us to imagine that we are explorers who have found this land- Bramblebank.

We thought carefully about what we would do and started by setting up camp, we have designed and made our own dens in teams.

During weeks two and three we have been thinking about how we would survive and that we would need to make things to trade and sell. We have used the bow saws and palm drills to make trinkets for trade.

In week 4 we made popcorn over the fire. We learned about the importance of safety by the fire.

Year 3 Week 1

Over the next six weeks I will be spending time in Bramblebank Wood with Year 3 doing Forest School activities.

During the first week we talked about the rules around the fire pit in the fire circle, how we 'step in' and 'step out' to keep safe.

The children played some team trust games and 'met the trees'. It was funny to see some blindfolded children being led by their team to step over logs that were not there!

I also told them about the poor Elves and Fairies that live in the wood that had their homes destroyed by Bertha the Big Bottomed Dragon! (Just ask the year 3 children what happened!) The children very kindly made them some more houses around Bramblebank Wood. The Elves and Fairies were so thrilled they wrote a letter to the children to say thank you.

Year 3 Week 3

This week the children had a go at whittling. They used Vegetable peelers to sharpen one end of a long stick to a point. Remembering the safety rules, having a glove on the hand holding the stick but not on the hand holding the vegetable peeler.

The children were very careful at whittling the stick away from their body and anyone elses. At the end I lit the fire and we roasted marshmallows over it, then talked about what we had done that day.

Year 4 Forest School - Autumn 2017

We have just finished our 5 week block in BBW with Mrs Wilson. Our time spent in BBW has really developed our team work and enquiry skills, and has enabled us to make links with our IPC topic 'Saving the World.'

Week 1

This week we had a STEM focus linked to our whole school topic of WW2, with the wonder question: I wonder how we can keep ourselves dry and protected? We worked in teams to create shelters which were then put to the test by Mrs Wilson's watering can!

Week 2

During IPC we have been learning about the indigenous tribes of the rainforest. This week we created mud faces for our very own tribes.

Week 3

This week, still focussed on tribes, we carried out sensory walks to try and imagine what life would be like as a tribesman and how integral their senses are to their survival.

Week 4

This week, we discussed how tribes use the natural resources that are available to them, and talked about the importance of hunting to their livelihood. We made bow and arrows using resources found in BBW and then had a competition to see whose arrow went the furthest!

Week 5

In our final session, we cooked chocolate orange cakes on the campfire. Delicious!


Year 3 Week 2

During this week we had a quck recall of the Fire circle rules then got down to business!

We looked at the different trees in Bramblebank Wood and I showed them how to identify what the tree is by looking at the leaves. 

We were a bit worried that something might happen to the houses that they had made last week. How would the Elves and fairies know if Bertha the Big Bottomed Dragon got upset again? I talked to them about the tree spirits and how they can help but they needed a face, some way of communicating to each other in case of an emergency. The children helped to make mud from the ground and use it on the bark of the trees. They looked fab! 

Forest School Early Years

The Early Years Foundation Stage places strong emphasis on the importance and value of daily outdoor experiences for children’s learning and development.

Learning outside the classroom supports the development of healthy and active lifestyles by offering children opportunities for physical activity, freedom and movement, and promoting a sense of well-being. Working within Bramble Bank Wood gives children contact with the natural world and offers them experiences that are unique to outdoors. Outdoor play supports children’s problem-solving skills and nurtures their creativity, as well as providing rich opportunities for developing imagination, inventiveness, specific skills and resourcefulness.

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