7th February and 14th February 2020
Over the last two weeks we have been learning how to tie a knot to make a den, toasting marshmallows and heating blackcurrant juice over the fire. We have been making bird feeders and investigating the tree tops using a mirror.
24th January 2020
We have been pond dipping and learning how to tie a tinder hitch ready for putting up a tarp in wet weather. The children have a rhyme about a rabbit to help them remember. We have also played the adjectives game called find me something..... green, brown, multi-coloured, bendy. rough etc.
17th January 2020
What a fantastic five sessions we have had in Forest School with Y3 group one! Today we have been using elder wood and tools to make elder people. The children have been painting with wood to become warriors, den building and cooking in the mud kitchen. Today we made and ate shmores! Great work Forest Schoolers!!
10th January 2020
This week in Forest School we have been playing a listening game about a hungry but tired bear. We have been using elder wood and secateurs to make bracelets and toasting marshmallows.
13th December 2019
Today in Forest School we practised lighting a fire. We now know that there are three essential things you need to create a fire i.e. fuel, oxygen and a spark. the children each used a striker to light a cotton wool ball. We have also been using a 'bit and brace', toasting a marshmallow and some of the children have been concocting delicious meals in the mud kitchen! Fabulous final session for 2019!
22nd November 2019
What a fantastic time we have had in Forest School! Year One have been using a 'bit and brace' and a bow saw. Some children made their tree cooking out or Elm wood and some made it out of Apple wood. We made smores, made a den and had a a look at our treetops from a ground level view. How special to listen to the wind in the trees, watch the branches sway and the birds visit our treetops.
15th November 2019
This week we have been learning all about using a bowsaw. We know how to use it safely to make a tree cookie out of apple wood.
18th October 2019
This week we have been toasting marshmallows, pond dipping, making tree guardians and climbing trees! Great work Forest School group two.
The next session will be Friday 8th November 2019.
14th October 2019
This week was the final session for Forest School group one. We had roasted marshmallows in chocolate biscuits called 'shmores'. We used a 'bit and brace' to drill a hole into our tree cookie. We also had a chance to revisit our favourite activities. Great work Y1 group one!
11th October 2019
Welcome to Forest School Y1 group two. This week we listened to a story called 'The Disgusting Sandwich' and we could make a sandwich with whatever we could find on the Forest School floor. Lots of children played in the mud kitchen and had a go in the hammock. We also learned the Forest School dos and don'ts.
4th October 2019
What a super session we had in Forest School today! The children learned how to use a bow saw and how to keep themselves safe! The children created a slice of wood to make a tree cookie. We also enjoyed warm blackcurrant juice and we cooked kernels of corn, turning them into POPCORN! yummy!
27th September 2019
Whatever the weather, we got outside and enjoyed a full Forest School session. We made a den with a waterproof cover, we ate birthday cake and we played a listening game called 'fire fire'.
20th September 2019
This week in Forest school we have been very busy pond dipping, making tree guardians to look after our Forest School area and toasting marsh mallows.
13th September 2019
What a fabulous first session for the Y1 children. We found some puffball fungi and enjoyed exploring our natural classroom. Some children began tree climbing and using the rope swing. We also learned about our 'stop and think' moments (rules to keep us safe).
5th July 2019
What a fantastic final session in Forest School. The children used a 'bit and brace' to make their tree cookie and we spotted a rat-tailed maggot in our pond. We also made Forest School popcorn using two sieves!
28th June 2019
Year One have been using a bow saw to create their own tree cookie. They had a safety tool talk first. We shared a book called 'Not a Stick' and played in the mud kitchen Tomorrow is INTERNATIONAL MUD DAY so we have been making mud pies! We finished the session by making shmores, yum, yum!
21st June 2019
This week in Forest School, we have been very excited to take part in our first ever St Thomas's pond dipping session in our new pond that was funded by the PTFA! We found tadpoles, froglets, Whirligigs, no biting midge larve and lots of water flies.
We also used our new mud kitchen and toasted marshmallows!
24th May 2019
This week in Forest School we have been 'bug' hunting, mapping and toasting marshmallows.
10th May 2019
Today group two have been exploring in Forest School. Awesome tree climbing, hammock swinging and cooking in the mud kitchen. The children have also been making tree guardians to keep our Forest School area safe.
3rd May 2019
Wow... what an awesome time group one have had at Forest School! This week we have finished our 'tree cookies' using a 'bit and brace'. We also enjoyed a shmore over the camp fire.
26th April 2019
Today we have been busy as bees in Forest School. Year One have begun making their tree cookie. They have used a bow saw and know all about keeping safe. They have also been mapping using natural materials. To keep warm, we had hot Vimto under the canopy!
8th April 2019
On this glorious sunny morning, year one have been exploring the forest school area using their senses. We have been using our new hammock, playing the natural drums, listening to a story about Hoppy's Spring and eating popcorn made over the campfire.
5th April 2019
This morning we shared the story of 'The Disgusting Sandwich' and making our own using mud, bark, leaves and sticks. We lit a fire for the first time and toasted a marshmallows. Some children have been tree climbing, chilling in a hammock and searching for mini-beasts.
29th March 2019
Wow! Year One, what a great start to your Forest School sessions. Today we have been busy making tree 'guardians' with clay and natural materials. We have been exploring the areas, learning the 'stop and think' moments, and learning how to store our wellies and waterproofs. We found lots of interesting things in Forest School today, including some fungi!
8th March 2019
What a fantastic session in Forest School today. The children have been making willow crowns as well as bow and arrows. we have been den building, playing 'Stone Age' games and enjoying shmores.
1st March 2019
This week in Forest School we have been using a woodcraft knife and having campfire pancakes. We have been plaing listening games and using a bow and arrow too.
28th January 2019
An absolutely HUGE thank you to all the children and parents who came to help us willow weave a fence and an arch. We look forward to using them over the years and watching them grow/change!
28th January 2019
What a fantastic final session for Year 3! The children enjoyed using craft knives to make a bow and arrow.
18th January 2019
This week in Forest School it was freeeeezing cold, literally! Gloves and extra socks were a must! But if the children didn't have those then the big fire and blankets kept them warm!
We have been re-using our Christmas tree to make a den, hibernate mammals and to play 'keeping warm' games. During the session we have spied for seasonal shoots and flowers, as well as learn about catkins. What an exciting time of year it is as there are lots of early signs that new life is around the corner.
11th January 2019
This week we have made bird feeders and already we have a resident robin! The children worked as a team to make a new zip wire game and we enjoyed hot Vimto to keep us warm.
14th December 2018
Today in Forest School we have been playing games using our listening skills. We have played 'The Bear Snores On' and used our predator/prey instincts. We have also been fire-lighting using a steel and flint (striker). We now know that you need three things to make a fire. Ask your child what those three things are?
We also enjoyed hot blackcurrant and popcorn made over the fire!
7th December 2018
A lovely start to Forest School in Year 3! We began our sessions by willow weaving stars and roasting marshmallows!
23rd November 2018
Today in the final Y5 Forest School session we made and drank nettle tea. We also used a craft knife to make a bow and arrow. An important part of Forest School is reflecting on our time in session. It has been a pleasure to watch you make, play and investigate!
16th November 2018
This week in forest School we have been toasting apples in sugar to warm us up. We have been finishing our Kazoos and playing listening games using the children's ideas.
9th November 2018
This week in Forest School we have been making Kazoos and making shmores.
2nd November 2018
This week in Forest School we have been exploring shades of colour. We have also been making garlic damper bread.
19th October 2018
Today in Forest School we have talked about camouflage and keeping safe linked to WW2. The children had a turn at using a steel and flint to light a fire.
12th October 2018
Despite the windy weather we had an indoor/outdoor Forest School session. Today we practised a 'square lashing' and made bird feeders. We played games trying to name different bird calls and we enjoyed toasting some food.
This week Y5 have been building dens, climbing the 'lava' challenge and using woodcraft knives. We looked at Rowan tree branches and their uses.
Well done to Year Three group two who have been busy using a bow saw and bit and brace. We finished our Forest School sessions with campfire popcorn and hot chocolate.
Year Three have started their Forest School sessions with enthusiasm and a love for learning outdoors!
Year five group 2 spent their final session using loppers and learning how to tie a 'tight tarp hitch'. We cooked popcorn, toasted marshmallows and drank hot chocolate. We spent time looking at the sky from a bug perspective and completing our favourite activities from the last five sessions. Thank you for being such stars!
Year 5 Group 2 Making Kazoos March 2018
22nd February 2018
Forest School group two enjoyed a sunny session exploring the activities, learning the ropes and toasting marshmallows!
19 January 2018 - Year 5 Making a Kazoo in Forest School
12 January 2018 - Year Five had a great start to Forest School. They particularly got 'stuck in' with the tree climbing, mini-beast hunting and eating marshmallows!
Forest school in Autumn! We have been making natural crowns, climbing trees, cooking marshmallows and hot chocolate, learning about our flora and fauna, writing with sticks, painting with mud, making pictures and maps, playing games and learning the Forest School rules.
Mrs Mason is a level three Forest School leader and over the year she will be taking out Y1, Y3 and Y5. Forest School is a chance for children to learn, grow and discover in an outdoor woodland space. St Thomas' are lcuky emnough to have an enclosed area where fauna and flora are present. Children are encouraged to task risks, to talk, to work as a team, to persevere and to challenge themselves.