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Willaston Church of England Primary School

Welcome To Forest School



We have established Forest School and outdoor learning at Willaston to give all children regular opportunities to learn, achieve, develop self-esteem and confidence in an outdoor setting. Forest school activities are planned to link closely to learning in the classroom, developing themes and ideas in a different setting. We are fortunate to have Willaston Meadow on our doorstep, which is a fantastic resource to teach the children about our local environment.

The children will go outdoors in all weathers, all year round and will witness the environment changing with the seasons. Natural resources are used as much as possible to stimulate creative thinking and skills development.

We hope that by giving the children memorable learning experiences, they will develop a love and respect for their environment which they will take with them into their adult life.

WELCOME TO FOREST SCHOOL

We have established Forest School and outdoor learning at Willaston to give all children regular opportunities to learn, achieve, develop self-esteem and confidence in an outdoor setting. Forest school activities are planned to link closely to learning in the classroom, developing themes and ideas in a different setting. We are fortunate to have Willaston Meadow on our doorstep, which is a fantastic resource to teach the children about our local environment.

The children will go outdoors in all weathers, all year round and will witness the environment changing with the seasons. Natural resources are used as much as possible to stimulate creative thinking and skills development.

We hope that by giving the children memorable learning experiences, they will develop a love and respect for their environment which they will take with them into their adult life.

SpringTerm at Forest School

This term we will be trying to getout as much as possible. The weather can be quite severe at this time of year, so please take time to view the forecast and send your children with appropriate kit (see kit list below).

Clothing

Children must wear/bring the following to every forest school session:

· Waterproof Jacket and Trousers

· Wellies or Walking boots

· Warm clothing – plenty of layers, including long trousers, jumper, fleece, thermals

· Gloves/hat/scarf in cold weather / sun hat and sun cream in the Summer

Please make sure that EVERY item of clothing is NAMED!

Children who have a morning session can come to school dressed in all their clothing ready for a prompt start. Please also bring spare clothes to change into after sessions, should clothing get wet – including shoes and spare socks.

Reception/Key Stage One

This term we will be continuing to reinforce rules and routines as Reception experience winter for the first time at Forest School at Willaston. We will be playing lots of games and exploring the school grounds and the meadow where possible. We will be looking at how we can keep warm in winter, and the features of the season.

The children in Year One will continue to observe the changing seasons and playing lots of games focusing on their listening skills. We will take part in activities related to the topic 'Dinosaurs' and ‘Pirates’. The children will also get the chance to handle real life fossils!

Year Two will be looking at their topic of ‘Living things in their Habitats’. We will look at the different microhabitats around Willaston meadow and the different animals we might find living there.

Key Stage Two

The children in Year Three will be exploring the topic of ‘The Stone Age’. We will try our hand at cave painting, stone age cooking / diet and making a shelter to keep out the harshness of winter for our hunter-gatherers.

Year Four will be working on some geography skills, looking at the countries of the UK and the major cities. We will also think about the points of the compass.Year Five will be looking at the lifecycles of different animal groups, and looking at the explorers who conquered the poles.
Children in Year 6 will be working hard on their SATS revision this term – but we will get outside to practice our maths skills where possible.

Thank you to all the volunteers (parents, grandparents of current pupils and ex-Willaston parents!) who willingly give up their time to help us at Forest School. The children get so much from visiting a different environment and we can only do so with the assistance of additional adults to maintain safety ratios. We particularly struggle to have suitable ratios with Y1, Y4 and Y5 so if you could help with those year groups, this would be appreciated.

If you would like to help during one or more sessions with your child’s class or another year group, please pop into the school office to express your interest.

Please click on link to view Forest School Term dates.

Mr Ellinson

Please come back soon!

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Forest School Dates - Spring 2019.pdf (PDF 48.0KB)
Autumn Newsletter.pdf (PDF 384.1KB)