This term, with the weather getting really cold and wrapping up in multiple layers, pupils in Year 4 and Year 6 have been looking at our surroundings. They have been looking at how winter has affected the outside learning area, and how the scenery has changed.
We have also been taking our binoculars out to do some bird watching. We have been looking at how different types of birds are using the area and seeing if any are nesting within the grounds. A group of Year 6 pupils were lucky enough to spot a heron and buzzard fly over.
Welcome to Forest School at Pewsey Primary School...
We are very lucky to have our own Forest School site within the school grounds. Mr Jeffery, our Forest School Leader, is continually working with the children to develop a site which allows them space, away from traditional classroom learning, to explore their natural surroundings. Forest School gives every child the opportunity to learn more about themselves - challenge their fears, work on their emotional literacy and take managed risks to develop greater confidence and self-esteem! Not every child will thrive in a classroom environment. We believe that by offering Forest School activities, we allow every child the opportunity to find a way of unearthing their hidden talents and acquiring new skills in their quest to become the best that they can be.
The '8C's' of our Forest School
The focus of each session, either directly or indirectly, will be to develop these skills:
Quotes from our children:
" I love Forest School, it's fun to learn lots of new things and be outside". Florence, Year 2
" Today has been the best day of my life" Shannon, Year 4.
"Collecting wood for a fire and toasting marshmallows was my favourite thing today - as well as visiting the 'Belching Bog' " Eben, Year 4
"I've been looking forward to Friday all week, I can't wait to be at Forest School again" Millie, Year 3.
Forest School activities... toasting marshmallows, making damper bread, cooking popcorn over an open fire, smores, leaf and flower printing, building dens, making an olympic assault course, tower of hanoi, story stones, building a bow and arrow with a target, story telling, tree spirits, number games, matchbox challenge, elder/charcoal pencils, elder whistles, jewellery, outdoor games, planting shrubs and fruit trees, wildlife spotting, Andy Goldsworthy inspired art, habitat building and much much more...