Here you can find out all about our area and what your children have been learning and exploring. My name is Emma Thomas I am the Forest School Lead for the School, I love the outdoors, learning and exploration.
To come out to Forest School you will need:
Wellie boots - these are so important for jumping in puddles and mud holes, but also for keeping our feet safe while using tools and materials.
Coats, hats, gloves - These are needed every week, the only time we do not go out to the area is when it is too windy as it can be dangerous, we will be out in the rain, snow and hopefully soon the sunshine.
Sun cream and Sun hats - When the sunshine finally finds us, we will be needing to make sure we are protected from the suns rays, so come April I will be asking all children that are joining me to have sun cream in their bags.
Forest School is so important for our children as we learn about nature and woodland skills. Forest school can also help children in promoting confidence and independence, giving them a sense of success and self esteem. This method of learning encourages and improves social skills, speech and language and physical skills.
So the objects you need for this are:
A small stick for a 'needle'
Start by collecting some leaves, then add a hole through the leaf with the hole punch. You then tie the string to the small stick and you can then string the leaves together to make leaf bunting :) I would love to see pictures if you make any of the items on our page.
It's important to do what we can to help wildlife and so we set ourselves a challenge, I have a small garden and we had some tadpoles so we needed somewhere for the tadpoles to go once they had reached maturity.
We dug a small hole in the earth and set an old washing up bowl (or something similar) into the hole, we then spent the afternoon looking for pebbles and stones to line the bottom and around the edge of the 'pond' this is really important as it allows the insects and reptiles a way in and out of the pond. We still had some left over pond weed and pond snails from when we collected the tadpoles so we added that to our pond. We left it a couple of days to settle and then we added our small frog that we had grown from tadpole to it.
We have loved watching him hop in and out and making the pond his home. This is a good challenge to set your children using old objects you have at home while helping improve your garden for wildlife.
The children worked hard on Wednesday afternoon. We had some very hard soil to remove, we used the large spades and forks to remove the top layer of weeds and grass. We then added a small amount of water and wild flower seed mix to the channel we created. We topped it off with a light covering of soil and watered them in again.
The hope is that we have created a wild flower channel that will attract bee's and butterflies to the area. As we go forward we will be making more wildlife homes and planting as many wildlife friendly plants.
Its important when creating a wildlife garden that you have a mix of habitats and flowers, even leaving small piles of decaying wood for little insects to hide in,
Make sure when planting you choose native plants to your area, they are becoming less common and so by choosing to plant them we will be helping them survive.