Forest Schools

How can we expect children to have respect and love for our wonderful world and their own environment if they are not shown its value and capacity?

What is Forest Schools?

Forest schools 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. It is a long-term process of regular sessions to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.

Our Forest school sessions allow the children to take supervised risks, such as den building, tool work, fire safety. As the week’s progress, you can visibly see the difference in a child’s confidence and knowledge, watching them grow as an individual displaying individual liberty.

Forest Schools

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”

The sessions allow children to fully express their thoughts and feelings when outdoors and we love to observe them expanding their communication and language skills through appropriate questioning and team building activities.

Our Forest School sessions will be run by Miss Ashley who is a qualified Forest School practitioner. At St. Pauls we share the same vision as Miss Ashley and we strongly believe it is vital to get children outdoors and into the fresh air, as this promotes their health and well-being and everyday physical fitness.

Pumpkin Prayer

As a class, we discussed harvest and what it’s all about! We then looked in depth into Christianity and our thoughts on Halloween by having a class debate. What do you think about the Halloween celebration? We then reflected on our discussion and came up with some ideas of how Halloween can be made more peaceful.

I introduced the children to the Pumpkin Prayer. The children then worked together in small groups using the Mora knife and other appropriate tools to carve pumpkins, linking each stage back to the Pumpkin Prayer.

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Mora Knife

This week we looked closely at trees.

Each child had a leaf identification sheet and went on a leaf hunt. The children were then put into groups to carry out a math activity, how old is that tree? They all had to ‘guesstimate’ which tree they thought would be the oldest in the playground and by how many years.

Each team had a tape measure to measure the circumference of the tree to work out its age! The children displayed fantastic team skills!

Tree Age

Our Recent Forest School Sessions

Ancient Egypt

Class 4’s Forest schools sessions for the last half term were linked with their topic Ancient Egypt. For the first half of the session, we decided to use our den making skills to create our very own pyramids.

The children worked together really well by starting off constructing wiki ups and then building upon them to turn them into sheltered pyramids. The second half of the session got very muddy!

We used old plastic containers and filled them with mud to create 3d mud pyramids!

First, we collected sticks from the forest area and then we split into two groups. Group one used mud to break the Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics code and then created their own codes whilst group two used the Mora knife to whittle the sticks into a point to produce their own Egyptian daggers! Everyone had a go at both activities.

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A Visit From The Wildlife Trust

Last week Class 4 had lots of fun during their Forest Schools morning with Miss Ashley and a very special visit from two representatives from the Wildlife Trust. We spent the morning exploring the outdoors, learning all about the different types of trees, creating clay tree spirits, mapping out where trees are placed within the grounds and there was even time for a bit of drama getting the children to act like a tree! We all had a great morning and learnt lots of new, fun facts! A big thank you to The Wildlife Trust we can’t wait to work with you again!

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