Bug Hunting

Before the Easter holidays, the children in 2J went on a bug hunt in the school grounds. They found plenty of minibeasts including woodlice, ladybirds, worms, beetles, slugs and snails! They used ID sheets to identify the creatures before putting them back safely where they were found.

Building Beds Zzzzzz

This week in Forest School, Year 2J took on a challenge; to build a comfy bed suitable to sleep in in the wild. The challenge was split into three parts… Their first challenge was to build a structure that their whole group were able to sit on comfortably… Challenge two; this structure needed to be…

Woodland Rock Bands!

This week in Forest School, the children in 2J used natural resources in the school grounds to create their very own rock bands. They created drum kits, guitars, microphones and xylophones. Take a look at their photos and music videos below…

Fire Steel Races and Den Building

This week in Forest School, Years 2J and 1P practised, once again, their flint and steel skills. They encouraged each other and gave each other tips and by the end of the session, every child was able to confidently create a spark using a flint and steel. The children then took part in The Flint and Steel…

Fire Steels and Ladybirds

This week in Forest School, Year 2J and 1P learnt how to use a fire steel. This skills requires lots of patience, perseverance and practise. The children learnt how to create a spark and some children managed to create a shower of sparks. They learnt how this is used to create a camp fire. The sun…

Cheerio Bird Feeders

  To link in with their topic of birds in Forest School, Year 2U and 1Q created some bird feeders using cheerio cereal and pipe cleaners. The children threaded cheerios onto a pipe cleaner before bending it into a circular shape and hanging it in the tree outside their classroom. In winter, food for birds…

RSPB’s Big School Birdwatch

This week as part of Forest School, the children took part in Britain’s biggest wildlife survey, The Big School Birdwatch. The children learnt all about British birds and where they can be seen: in trees, in the sky and on the ground. They also learnt that birds are easily scared by loud noises and fast…

Making Bird Seed Cakes

As part of the RSPB’s Big School Birdwatch, Year 2U created bird cakes using seed and lard in an attempt to entice more birds into our school grounds. Using large mixing bowls, the children ‘squished’ together the lard and seed before forming the mix into balls and attaching a piece of string. The cakes will…

A British Bird Hunt

To link in with the RSPB’s Big School Birdwatch, Year 2U have been learning all about birds in this weeks’ Forest School session. The children started off the session with a garden bird hunt using spotter sheets to match as many pictures of birds as they could find in the school grounds… We then spotted…

The Egg Box Scavenger Hunt

Keeping in with the Easter theme, Year 2J took part in an egg box scavenger hunt. The children were split into four groups: The Hedgehog Team, Badger Team, Fox Team and Squirrel Team. Each team was given an egg box with 12 different pictures on the front including a daisy, ivy leaf, twig, brown leaf,…

Fire Steels, Weaving and Bugs!

This afternoon Year 2J had their first try at using a fire steel. They learnt that a fire steel is used to start a camp fire by creating a spark. They learnt that a fire steel can be used in any weather at any altitude. They learnt how to correctly hold the 2 parts of…

African Gumboot Dancing

As part of their Creative Curriculum topic about Africa, this afternoon the children had a go at ‘Gumboot Dancing.’ Gumboot dancing originates from South Africa. The word ‘gumboot’ is another name for Wellington Boots. These ‘gumboots’ were worn by workers who worked in the gold mines in South Africa. The workers’ uniform consisted of hardhats,…