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Witherley Church of England Primary School


Forest School

Explorers visit our Forest School area for a day every week, come rain or shine.

Together we explorer our natural world and are learning the importance of thoughtfulness and care. 
Through our exploration and investigation we are constantly learning, applying science, maths skills, communicating our ideas and thoughts with our friends. 
We absolutely love our weekly Forest School day! 

Y1 experiencing our Forest School space with our wonderful Forest School leaders - Mrs Bedford and Mrs Wooliscroft. 
In Forest Schools Y1 explored the land of The Little People, making them homes and gifts.  They explored Witherley too, having an adventure across the fields finding out about different environments and what lives there. 
We had a fantastic time investigating how to make a fire and cooked marshmallows! 
Forest Schools is a fantastic experience and we loved it! 

Forest School is a space we can explore and develop our independence safely. Y2 spent some of their time in Forest School learning how to use tools safely and to create something they wanted to build.

We do spend time in Forest Schools whatever the weather - as you can see on the photos! The rain and the huge puddles created gave us the opportunity to build bridges and talk about the best materials to use. We used lots of problem solving whilst building our ‘bridge’  from dry land into The Shed. We love Forest Schools! 
In November, as a school, Remembrance Sunday is important to us. We made our own poppies to place at Witherley memorial. we also made our own mud paint to design and make Rangoli patterns during Diwali. 

The RSPB’s big bird weekend happened during Y3’s Forest School sessions so naturally we took the opportunity to help our feathered friends during the winter months. With our friends we made and hung bird feeders around our Forest School space. We used recycled materials too!
We have also had lots of opportunities for team building games and sharing activities with our friends. We have worked as a team to make friendship bracelets, made all the more fun as we were outside, with our friends making them together. 
It wouldn’t be Forest Schools without a hot chocolate and snack stop to keep us warm and to keep energy levels up! It’s another opportunity to build our friendships with a good chat too!

Y4 have had all weathers during their time in Forest School but whatever the weather they were out there having the best time exploring and investigating our natural world. Puddle jumping and dancing in the rain was the best fun!

Part of Forest School is learning about fire safety. All the children learned to show respect to the fire by kneeling before getting close. This gives stability and is the safest way to approach firelighting. Everyone took their turn using the flint and steel to create a spark. It’s harder than it looks!

If there’s a fire we have to toast marshmallows! We enjoyed eating them after we’d used our special skewers. 

We also included creating Anderson shelters as a link to our class theme. 
This year our Easter celebrations were included in our Forest School sessions. Everyone brought in flowers and foliage as the plan was to create natural Easter bonnets for our Easter parade around the village. After lots of hard work,  working together they looked wonderful! We certainly ‘let our light shine!’