Forest School has progressed significantly from September, pupils have grown in confidence and developed their communication skills through the use of communication boards.
Primary pupils have experienced a number of sensory stories such as 'We are going on a bear hunt' and 'Stick Man'. The older pupils have also worked with some of the younger pupils to help them in the forest school to experience stories, play or make dens. All pupils have used natural materials to make different objects such as forest crowns and dream catchers. They also experienced being a witch or wizard during Halloween. There were two parent afternoons where parents helped their child carve pumpkins and there was one just before Christmas where families made decorations. The pupils' work has also earned the school the Platinum Green Tree Award from the Woodland Trust. We have also worked as a whole school to complete tree dressing activities, making a forest owl and Diwali pattern on the field. During the spring term we will begin to look at tools and fire. See pictures attached. We are looking at working with secondary Year 7 to have some Year 6 and Year 7 parent afternoons to support both the pupil and parent with the transition to secondary.
Secondary School pupils have explored shelter building and working on different ways of lighting fires safely within the confines of the forest school. Some pupils are creating a seating area around the teaching area using a range of tools. KS3 have begun making habitats for different bugs and creepy crawlies to live in and shelter over the winter period. A girls nurture group has been created which is developing really well and is engaging a wide range of pupils. All pupils within the school have shown an interest in the project and will all have the opportunity to be fully involved.