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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

Spring Term at Forest School 

A quick reminder that the children will go outdoors in all weathers, even the snow so please make sure they have multiple pairs of socks and plenty of layers on – toes and fingers are the first things to get cold! Please take time to view the forecast and send your children with appropriate kit (see kit list below).

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. This extends to understanding how to prioritize keeping warm in cold weather.

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

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
We have had to change the day of Forest School to a Thursday afternoon for this term. If you are able to help at any sessions, please notify the office who will let me know. We need 4 additional adults to get to the meadow so it would be great if we could get there so the class can really enjoy the experience of being out in the woods. 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 their topic of superheroes and the features of the winter season. We will also try to get the fire going so they can begin to learn how to stay safe around the fire circle.

 

Key Stage One 

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 their ‘Animals including humans’ topic as well as thinking about how the seasons change. We need 4 additional adults to be able to go to the meadow, so if you are able to volunteer the children would really appreciate the support. Please let the office know if you are able to help.


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, and comparing our landscape and weather to what the children are learning about their topic of ‘Africa’. We need 3 additional adults to be able to go to the meadow, so if you are able to volunteer the children would really appreciate the support. Please let the office know if you are able to help.

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. We may also investigate sound and the ancient Greeks if we can fit it all in! Year Five will be looking at their science topic of space, mapping out the solar system, and finding out exactly how big the sun is in comparison to our planet. We need 1 or two adults to help us get out to the meadow with Y4 and Y5.


Children in Year Six will be working hard on their SATS revision this term – but we will get outside to practice our maths skills where possible.

Once again, a massive thank you to all the volunteers who willingly give up their time to help us at Forest School, especially to those who come week in week out to help, even with classes that their children aren’t in! 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 Reception, Y1, Y2 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.  

Mr Ellinson J



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Forest School Term dates.


Mr Ellinson

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Newsletter Spring Forest School 2020.pdf (PDF 466.6KB)
Forest School Dates - Spring 2020.pdf (PDF 58.7KB)