St Thomas's Forest School
Welcome back to a new and exciting school year. I hope you have have a lovely break are are recharged and ready to explore and learn about nature and the natural world around us.
Over the Summer term Mr Hyde's Y2 class spent 6 weeks learning and exploring in our new Forest School area.
Every session provides the children with opportunities to handle tools, camp fire cooking, take risks and explore and play in nature, discuss and learn about the natural world we live in and help develop their physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
This year Mr Hyde will be working alongside each year group in the Forest School. Autumn term 1 will see both Y4 and Y5 children working in the Forest School.
There will also be a Forest School after school club which will be open to KS2 children. This club will commence in the Spring term. I am every excited about the up and coming year and hope the children enjoy the sessions and love learning in nature.
The Forest School Legacy Project!
Over the Autumn and Spring term Y6 and Y5 children have been working with Mr Hyde and Joy Ladd, from Joy of Willow, to create a Legacy Project in the Forest School. The children have been planting trees, that were donated by the Woodland Trust, around the school playing fields. They have also been building a 56m long living Willow Wall around the Forest School and a Willow Dome. The children have planted, weaved and built the Willow creations as part of a project that will provide the Forest School area with natural habitats for the local animals and will provide a wide variety of learning opportunities that the whole school can participate and enjoy.
The children have worked very hard within extreme weather conditions to undertake the project, however their hard work and enthusiasm has produced amazing results. The Willow creations have given the Forest School area a totally new transformation and will help the local environment provide new habitats and vegetation that will be sustainable for future generations to care for and enjoy.
I am extremely proud of the Y6 and Y5 children, and have enjoyed every minute spent with them in the Forest School. They have shown fantastic communication skills, team work and learnt new life skills that they can use in the future.
Joy Ladd has been amazing to work with and has enjoyed working alongside the children. The has remarked on how positive and enthusiastic the children have been over the course of the project and also commented on how lovely the experience has been at St Thomas's.
The children have been a real credit to the school and have started a project that will hopefully keep growing and growing
The Stone Age with Y3
The children in Y3L have been in the Forest School with Mr Hyde foraging and creating wooden spears and axes for their Stone Age topic. We went down to the river to find stones that we could use for the tip of the spear and the blade of the axe. Then we looked for sticks that were appropriate for the handle of the axe and the spear. The children discussed about how we used materials in the Stone Age and talked about how to be good predators.
I would like to say a massive thank you for all the local businesses that have helped me create the Forest area by generously giving materials, equipment and time.
I would like to give a special thank you to the LK Group who generously gave the school a large majority of the wood, wood chippings and stumps to help create the area. Also supporting me with labour and delivery. Their support has been greatly appreciated.
I would also like to thank TreeStation for supplying wood for the area.
Local business Walker Brothers Services on Pimhole Road have also been a fantastic supporter of the Forest School by supplying the school with wooden pallets for the 'Bug Hotel' and 'Mud Kitchen'