Forest School

Woodland Themed Activity Day

On Monday, we were delighted to welcome representatives from The Mersey Forest. The children celebrated their successful bid for a variety of trees and srhubs by planting them on the school field. The planting of these trees not only paves the way to a brighter future for the children and community but also is a step closer to the development of our Forest School.

 

As groups of children were busy planting trees, the rest of the school took part in Forest School activities which included; orienteering, den building, scavenger hunts and environmental art where the children produced a piece of artwork using natural resources they had collected during the day.

 

After such a busy morning, the children enjoyed a forest themed lunch of campfire sausages, wood-burned jacket potatoes and hedgehog cakes. Maria, our cook, was on hand throughout the day serving hot chocolate too. All of the children and staff had a fabulous day.

 

Miss Gilbert and Miss Dunn launched Westminster’s Forest School earlier this year. Forest School sessions provide children with opportunities to learn beyond the classroom. The sessions offer a structured, healthy and ecological approach to outdoor learning, which is child-led. All our children have thoroughly enjoyed their Forest School sessions, taking part in a range of activities from den building, campfires, scavenger hunts, and environmental art to observing and identifying plants and wildlife.

 

The children all said what a wonderful day they had and are looking forward to watching the trees grow.

For more photographs of the day please go to our Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am Firestarter...

On Friday 12th July 2019 Miss Dunn invited Mrs Davies, Ms Finch, Miss Gilbert, Miss Hall and Mrs Seaward to fine tune their fire lighting skills and have an introduction to Forest School learning. This work was able to take place because Miss Hughes had put in a successful bid for funding to support the good learning that goes on during our residential trips. This meant that our Forest School Team got to sit around a warming fire before exploring the trees and hedgerows. The next step is to organise our new resources and put plans in place for our EYFS and KS1 pupils for next academic year. Exciting times ahead...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some websites you might find interesting:

Learning Through Landscapes

OPAL (Explore Nature)

Staff Training 

Miss Gilbert led a fun and informative staff meeting last week all about forest schools. The staff had fun building dens, making fires, modelling clay monsters, scavenger hunting, leaf printing and making kites. Forest school activities will soon be taking place in all year groups throughout the year. 

Contact the School

Westminster Primary School

John Street,
Ellesmere Port,
Cheshire,
CH65 2ED

Tel: 0151 338 2224
head@westminsterprimary.cheshire.sch.uk

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