Fourth Forest School Session

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Posted by Mrs Pratt | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 19-07-2017

The children were very excited to go back to the forest area to see if their houses were still there. When we arrived we were a little sad, at first, as some of them had been destroyed again. However, the children found a pink envelope dangling from a tree and soon became very curious as to what was inside it!

It was a letter from the Fairy Queen, Elizabeth, thanking us for building their houses. They loved them! She wrote to tell us that the fairies had left us some fairy friendship bracelets to say thank you. First we had to find them!

On the letter she also asked if we could build a home for all the mini beasts so they had somewhere safe to live too. They even left us some instructions on how to build a bug hotel.

We called our bug hotel ‘Moorside Manor’.

Free Play

 

 

Third Forest School Session

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Posted by Mrs Pratt | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 19-07-2017

 

In Forest School today we found some tiny houses that had been built out of sticks. Mrs Pratt and Mrs Bambroffe had taken photos of them but when the children arrived at the forest they had been destroyed!

The children decided it would be a good idea to rebuilt the houses and then make a trap so whoever had destroyed them wouldn’t do it again.

The children had lots of fun during free play: making dens, building houses, searching for bugs, climbing trees and we even had a den selfie! Mylee found a snail and called it Luca.

Second Forest School Session

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Posted by Mrs Pratt | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 14-07-2017

We started the session with a game to help with our listening skills and concentration. Each child started off by saying ‘I went to the forest and I saw…’ then had to name one thing they had seen in the forest. The next child then had to repeat the list adding another item to it.

 

On entering the forest we recapped the rules and boundaries before introducing today’s activity – Bug Hunt. In pairs the children had to search for mini beasts in the forest area and make a tally of how many they found.

 

Enjoying Free Play time!

In reflection time everyone made a picture frame out of sticks and then found five things in the forest to put inside them. They then took it in turns to say why they had chosen them.

First Forest School Session

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Posted by Mrs Pratt | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 14-07-2017

Welcome to our first forest school session. As part of our training we have to run six sessions. Fifteen children from Year 1 were chosen to take part. Our first session was all about learning the Forest School rules, exploring the area and going on a nature hunt. We started with a getting to know you game where the children had to pass the imaginary ball round the circle and tell everyone their name and what their favorite food was. We then had to try and remember what someone else’s favorite food was!

Next we learnt all about the Forest School rules and boundaries.

We then went on a nature hunt where we had to try and find all the items on the list.

In every session the children get ‘Free Play’ time where they are able to explore the forest area, climb trees, make dens, play with friends, problem solve, be independent and have FUN!

We always end every session with a reflection where the children get to say what they have enjoyed about Forest School.

 

Welcome to Forest School

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Posted by Mrs Pratt | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 14-07-2017

We are very excited to be starting Forest School at Moorside Primary Academy.  We have a small fenced area in our playground which is the ideal location for us to go out and explore, have fun and learn.

Forest School is an inspirational concept providing learning opportunities through practical activities in an outdoor environment.  Children enjoy the freedom to explore and experience the natural world in all seasons and in all weathers.   Forest School embraces an approach of nurturing, supporting and developing the self-esteem of participants.  It is an ideal environment in which to develop innovation, problem solving, risk taking, creativity and teamwork.