Year 4/5 were learning the skill of fire lighting using fire sticks. They showed determination and perseverance, successfully lighting their fires and toasting marshmallows. They will build on those skills next year and become more proficient. Well done everyone, great listening skills and teamwork.
Year 3/4's last forest school session of the year. It was a whole class free play session making dens, digging, finding bugs and toasting marshmallows.
Year 3/4s anthotype print bookmarks in progress.
Year 4/5 were making bookmarks using a method called anthotype printing. We used beetroot juice and spinach juice to colour the card and leaves to make the design. We leave them in sunlight for a week to create the effect.
Year 4/5 found some very interesting insects on the school field during our bug hunt. The creatures identified included grass bugs (stenodema), Alder Leaf Beetles, Ladybird larvae, Ground Beetles and moths. The children were very enthusiastic and engaged in this activity - the wonder of nature. check the website next week for more photos.
The finished swift boxes. Well done, we made a home for the Swifts after their 3000 mile migration.
Group 2 displayed excellent perseverance as they made Swift nesting boxes. They all had brilliant 'can-do' attitudes toward the task. Well done!
Group 1 were making nesting boxes for a bird called the Swift. Swifts migrate from Africa to the UK each May to nest but sadly their numbers are getting lower. We are helping them by giving them a safe place to raise their chicks. The children showed excellent teamwork and communication skills.
Year 3/4 enjoyed 'smores' at Forest School as well as some digging and den building.
It was Group 2's turn to make clay faces. They used perseverance to mould the clay, which was very hard, and they improvised with various tools to create some wonderful pieces.
Group 1 let their creative talents flow making clay monster faces.
Group 2 enjoyed the sun shine today. They made fires and had marshmallows.
Group 1 year 3/4 successfully and very safely made fires this week. They listened carefully and followed the instructions very well.
Group 2 year 3/4 displayed some excellent communication and teamwork today. They developed empathy by thinking in a positive way about their classmates.
st mary's Forest School
Forest School is a child-centred inspirational learning process, that offers opportunities for holistic growth.
It develops confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting.
It is a long-term programme that supports play, exploration and supported risk taking. It develops confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting.
The process helps and facilitates more than knowledge-gathering, it helps learners develop socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically and intellectually. It creates a safe, non-judgemental nurturing environment for learners to try stuff out and take risks.
Forest School inspires a deep and meaningful connection to the world and an understanding of how a learner fits within it. Our approach to risk means that learners constantly expand on their abilities by solving real-world issues, building self-belief and resilience.
We believe that risk is more than just potential for physical harm; there are risks in everything we do and we grow by overcoming them.
Forest School, therefore, helps participants to become healthy, resilient, creative and independent learners.
At St Mary's our forest school sessions are led by Mrs Monteith and Mrs Vaughn-Aimson.
Year 3/4 group 1 worked together making friendship bracelets and explored the Forest School area. Great to have everyone back at school.
The children who have been in school in year 3/4 have been learning to use tools safely. They made a lovely rainbow ornament using wood.