A huge thank you to Mrs Elkins who has helped the children in Year 2 create this beautiful mural on the fence in the forest school. The children have added their own mini beast to the fence which will hopefully be there for years to come. It has brightened up the forest school area and we can’t wait for the other year groups to see it!
Today Year 3 have practiced giving clear instructions and listening carefully, with their partners. Some found this easier than others. It was lovely to see the trust they had with each other and the way they had to communicate differently to reassure their partner they were safe.
Year 2 used their forest school slot this week to recap the things that they have learnt in the classroom. First, we went on a numbers hunt to find odd and even numbers.
Then we made 2D shapes out of sticks and stones. Do you recognise some of these shapes?
Year 6 used their teamwork and malleting skills today to create a course with sticks. They then tied rope in all different directions before attempting to make their way through the obstacle course. It was great to see them all working together to complete the task.
Year One have absolutely loved being in the forest area this week.
From fixing a rope swing, making a kitchen area and creating a seesaw they have really applied themselves to meaningful play in this area.
As much as I’d love to say a cheer fills the air when I tell them it is time for handwriting, it definitely does when I say it is time for forest school. The forest school is unquestionably one of their favourite parts of provision they access in school and we love taking them there.
The skills they gain in this area are invaluable and we have already seen an increase in their resilience and confidence back in the classroom. We hope it continues in the coming months.
Year 5 have enjoyed a successful return to school. Our first few weeks back together have been full of smiles, laughs and a lot of hard work both in the classroom and outside. Highlights have included:
Using maths skills in an unexpected location.
Setting ourselves up for success for our first class trip.
Putting our skills into practise at Quarry Park Disc Golf Course with help from Mr Youson and Mr Regan.
Exploring the forest school and developing our teamwork skills.
Using the power of their imaginations, Year 4 created a whole range of stick-related-activities within the Forest School this week.
We had: -a bow and arrow
-a very handsome mustache
-a pull up bar
-a tug of war
and even our very own stick delivery service!
Year 6 are loving their time spent outdoors in our forest school.
We have been practising our weaving skills, mallet skills, den-building skills and climbing skills, as well as using our imaginations!
As a stimulus for a Fantastic Mr Fox setting description later in the week, Year 2 used their forest school slot to collect green leaves which we then transferred onto thick paper.
We definitely used trial and error but by the end of the session, most children had made a fantastic looking tree!
The children had a great time thinking about Autumn and the colours it provides for us. We made some Autumn sculptures using branches and coloured ribbon. When they had finished weaving the children went into the Forest School to find leaves and twigs to add to their work. Thank you to Year 4 for making the frames for us.
The children are settling well into school life and adapting to the new routines. We are adding to these by sending home our first reading book for you to share. The books will come home on Monday and we would like them returned on Friday (letter explaining more will accompany the book). We have also been learning phonemes (letter sounds) during our phonic sessions. Below are the phonemes we have covered so far. We would be grateful if you could practise these with your child. Thank you.
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