Forest School

Forest School is the opportunity for children to learn in any outdoor space.  Originally started in Germany, it has flourished throughout Denmark and Finland and now the UK.  One of the joys of Forest School is that is accessible to all; children and adults including those with learning or physical disabilities etc.  It works particularly well with people who do not thrive in a more formal learning environment such as a classroom, allowing them to embrace education through alternative means.

The main aim of Forest School is to build self-esteem through practical, hands on opportunities.  Every child will be given the opportunity to be successful in all tasks with around 20% of the group being provided, by means of an extension to the task, further challenge.  Forest School is cross-curricular in nature working well with the Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stages 1 and 2 and can also be adapted to work in line with other Creative Curriculums.

Activities can vary from low to high level.  Low level activities may include exploring the woodland and identifying hazards, to collecting and sorting activities.  Shelter building using natural resources sourced from the woodland and knots and lashes shows progression towards more high level activities.  High level activities would include working with fires and the use of tools to make something which can be taken home or displayed at the end of the session.
Having a snack around a fire built by the children is also a great form of social interaction and something that the children may not have experienced previously.  Forest School allows children to get muddy and dirty which is again something which they may not have had the opportunity to do before.

By implementing Forest School at Westover Green children will be able to embrace their learning and take ownership of it through working outdoor with increasing independence.  The key point is that all children will achieve something through appropriate means and enjoy themselves.

Please Note:   All consent forms must be completed prior to your child participating in forest school.

Forest School - Autumn Term 1


Week 1

1 With Forest School underway again we had to clear some of the paths with loppers
2 We played a trust game called 'centipede'
3 We dipped in the pond
4 We played a strategic game of 'giants...
5 ... wizards...
6 ... and dwarves'
7 We used a bow saw to cut logs
8 We split the logs with a bill-hook
9 Then boiled water using a kelly-kettle and enjoyed a hot chocolate



Forest School - Summer Term 1

Week 6

1 This week we used tools to create a cooking stick.
2 We sharpened and cleaned our sticks.
3 We made toast over a camp fire.
4 Cooked to perfection.
5 Some liked their marsh mallows black!
6 Some liked to wear their marsh mallows!
7 The weather wasn't great for all groups.
8 But everyone had fun and celebrated their time at forest school!


Week 5

1 This week we have been using Kelly Kettles
2 We set up our pot
3 And used a flint and steel
4 When pot was lit
5 We fuelled the fire
6 The kettle soon boiled
7 Then we enjoyed a hot chocolate


Week 4

1 This week we have been pond dipping
2 We collected the wildlife in a tub
3 We examined our nets
4 We found Flatworms
5 Newts
6 And the odd frog! As well as many other creatures


Week 3

1 This week we have made natrual crowns
2 Using natrual materials we found
3 And we made Forest Wands using tools to whittle
4 We used wool, and felts to add decoration


Week 2

1 We have learnt about bark and how to make rubbings
2 We compared rough and smooth patterns
3 We shared our work
4 We also used loppers to cut sticks
5 To make a raised bed
6 And a shelter to protect our mini man


Week 1

1 In forest school this week we have been taking bark rubbings
2 We found lots of patterns
3 We had an interested visitor
4 The older children learnt how to use logs...
5 ... to loop string over high trees
6 To hoist up a shelter


Forest School - Spring Term

Week 6

1 This week we sharpened sticks to use as cooking utensils
2 We cooked bread and marshmallows over a real campfire
3 It was a fun experience to share
4 Some groups had to work under shelter because of the extreme weather
5 We improvised
6 But still had a good time and a cooked treat

Week 5

1 This week we used a flint and steel to make a spark...
2 ...to ignite our kettles.
3 We carefully fueled our kettles.
4 We made ourselves a hot chocolate.
5 We played I Spy.
6 Even though the weather was cold and wet, we had a lovely time.


Week 4

1 This week we have read the story 'Stick Man'.
2 Then we used loppers to create our own...
3 ...stick families.
4 In other groups we used saws...
5 ...to make forest creatures.
6 Some were scary!

Week 3

1 This week we have been making mud potions.
2 We got very muddy.
3 We have been using loppers.
4 We also made mini shelters,
5 and learnt about camouflage.

Week 2

1 This week we have been looking at natural objects.
2 And unnatural objects.
3 We have been building more twig towers.
4 We have been whittling.
5 And wrapping.
6 To make magic winter wands.

Week 1

1. We have been building twig towers this week.
2. Children collected the correct sized twigs.
3. Or snapped them to the correct size.
4. Then carefully built a tower.
5. Towers were both strong and tall..
6. Some were very creative.


Week 7

1 This week we have been enjoying a campfire
2 We wittled twigs to make cooking utensils
3 We cooked toast and marshmallows
4 We sang campfire songs
5 We celebrated our time in Forest School

Week 6

1 This week we have been using Kelly Kettles.
2 We built a waffle in the base of the kettle.
3 We filled our kettle base with combustable materials.
4 We had to ignite the kettle with flint and steel.
5 The flames soon grew and boiled our water.
6 Then we enjoyed a hot chocolate.

Week 5

1 We searched for bugs using Perry's Pooters
2 We identified them
3 We investigated habitats
4 Then we played bug 'eye-spy' over hot chocolate



Week 4

1 This week we have been using tools.
2 And we have been whittling.
3 To make Elder Necklaces.
4 And Bug Houses
5 Which we've left in different habbits.
6 We also made bark rubbings.
7 And discussed our findings.


Week 3

1 Children use kneelers to get close to the water
2 Dip their nets and use the aqua scopes
3 There was lots of wildlife to look at
4 Some were lucky and found a frog
5. Some found Newts


Week 2

1 We identified leaves from pictures.
2 Then we collected our own.
3 Next we compared them to each other.
4 We built a shelter to escape from the rain.
5 Then we built shelters to keep our baby dry.
6 Baby safe and sound.


Week 1

1 In KS1 we collected items to match the colours of the rainbow
2 which we made into natural crowns.
3 We then made stick men
4 In KS2 we joined different materials,
5 to create a fantastic woodland mobile
6 We then made giant stick men.


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