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C.E. Aided Primary School

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Autumn 2

13.12.19 This week we were excited to have the structure for our parachute shelter built! We are still awaiting delivery of the parachute itself but we’re already loving using the seating circle. This was the first week of Forest School for five new groups. They have waited so patiently for their turn and hopefully won’t be disappointed! We had a fun week exploring the forest area, learning about possible hazards and looking at ways to keep ourselves safe. Some children made stick stars and some chose to make dens. On Wednesday we had a walk around John Leigh Park and created journey sticks to remind us of the things we saw, heard, smelled and felt. All round it’s been another great week!

6.12.19 Christmas decorations, fires, toasted marshmallows, wide games, hot chocolates, den building... it’s been another wonderful week in Forest School!

29.11.19 This week we had our first fire in Forest School. The Y5/6s loved learning about fire safety and risk management although I suspect the highlight for them was toasting marshmallows! All groups have enjoyed spotting ways in which our forest area is altering with the change of season. We’ve been discussing the ever-changing natural environment and some of the challenges faced by the natural world. On Wednesday we were joined by Ruth from The Conservation Volunteers. She brought along 150 saplings and Y4/5 worked very hard to get them all planted. They enjoyed her session and we all learnt a lot about trees and their benefits to the environment. There was a lot of child-led activities this week. Although Forest School sessions are planned, the children are encouraged to follow their own paths and take inspiration for activities from all that’s around them. It takes them a few weeks to get used to this as it’s very different to the much more prescriptive nature of classroom learning. On Friday Mrs Hornby lit a fire at lunchtime and the staff all enjoyed chatting round it and munching s’mores. Campfires are so good for everyone’s wellbeing.

22.11.19 What a week in Forest School! We’ve been working on developing social skills, balance, coordination, creativity and self esteem. It’s been a chilly one but we’ve kept warm by wearing lots of layers, keeping active and drinking warm juice. 🌲🍃🍁

15.11.19 This week in Forest School we have been developing imagination, focus, curiosity, creativity and communication... and having lots of fun of course! 🍃🍂🍁

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8.11.19 It’s been a busy week in ACE Forest School! Mrs Hornby was in Preston on Monday and Tuesday being assessed on the practical skills for her Forest School Leader qualification. And she passed! In the forest the children have been creating Goldsworthy inspired artwork, balancing on a slackline, playing games, making crowns, using tarps to make shelters and lots more. It’s been a great week!

31.10.19 Four new groups had their first of six Forest School sessions this week. We talked about our Forest School rules and looked at potential hazards in the forest area. We played hide and seek ninjas. We hunted for bugs, identified them and made homes for them. We even practiced a little forest mindfulness. Through hands-on experiences, all children have had the opportunity to achieve, develop confidence and work on their all-important growth mindset. It’s been another truly wonderful week at Forest School.

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