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Forest School

Welcome to our Forest School Page.


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. 







Our Forest School

Our mud area
Our Mud Kitchen
Our wood pile for building and creating
Our tool circle
Our fire area
Our climbing and swinging tree
Rope swings are the best
Fairy house
Awaiting visitors .....
Small  pond
Our large pond - good for newts
Awaiting our 'tree house'
Our large pond

Can you try these in your garden ?

More fun to try at home

I love this activity

So the objects you need for this are:


Some leaves 

Hole punch 


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.

Another good idea to try :)

What a great idea ! Using objects that you may have at home you can make a bird feeder to add to any outside space. Its a joy to sit and watch birds visit your outdoor space and by adding a bird feeder you are encouraging them to your home.

Can you try any of these ?

Kent Wildlife trust have produced these really helpful little tasks that we could try in our small outside spaces to help the wildlife, hopefully using items that we will all have around the home. Can you try ? if you manage to make anything I would love to see it, email a picture into the school office and it will get to me :)  
The woodland Trust have created a page to help you get the children out in the garden and help with wildlife at the same time. 
The RSPB have created a page with lots of ideas and activities for children to complete at home to improve their space for wildlife. 

Butterfly garden in a small space

I found this picture and for those of us with small gardens its a way that we can still help butterflies.

Can you add a small pond in your garden to help the wildlife ?

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. 

Bee and Butterfly planting

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. 

Beautiful additions

This picture doesn't do the children's work justice

Planting for the bee's and butterflies

We cleared out the weeds and took down a board
The children planted insect friendly plants
We added beautifully painted rocks as markers
Check back to see the growth
And hopefully some beautiful insects

Somebody's moved in .....

03.03.2020 Tuesday afternoon Group

Checking on the frogs spawn
Learning to swing
Making a 'game'
To find buried treasure
Aspirations of climbing high
first water fight
Building a catapult
Learning to saw safely
Total concentration
Working hard to make Bee homes
Digging for worms
Watering her treasure :)

Spring is on the way ....

The blossom is coming out now
We finally have some frogs spawn !

Tuesday Group February 2020 - Windy day crafts

Leaf printing in clay
Creating clay bugs

Tuesday Group February 2020

Helping move large wood blocks for our tool circle
One of our creations
Using saw's safely
Getting ready for battle
Water fight :)

Tuesday Group January 2020

Learning how to climb trees safely
Exploring the mud hole
Water fights
Building a bridge
Checking out our new bridge

Tuesday Group November - December 2019

Climbing trees
Making muddy faces
Working together
Using the new mud kitchen
Mud Fight !
Looking for birds nests
Rope Swings are up and popular
Learning how to get on the rope swing alone
Water Fight !
Ready ... aim ... fire :)
Christmas Crafts
Happy Christmas

My Tuesday Afternoon Group October 2019

All ready to go
Using a hammer to make holes in a pumpkin
Scooping out the pumpkin
Using a hand drill safely
Our bird feeders all finished
Digging out our mud pit
And of course filling it with water
The end of our session
Making a potion