At Yealand C of E Primary School outdoor education is a key part of our timetable. Living in such beautiful surroundings the children are in the enviable position of being able to take full advantage of our own forest school site. We use the site all year round, in all weathers. Our children are given the time and space to develop skills, interests and understanding through a range of activities which provide hands on experiences in a natural environment. Anything from making flower crowns and building dens are on the menu for our younger children whilst our older children experience using tools, practicing knots to cooking on the campfire.
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Academic Year 20-21
During this season our EYFS children have been identifying the different trees both on our school site and at our forest school site. We are lucky enough to have some apple trees in our playground so our children have been doing lots of apple printing, looking at the seeds and even baking with the apples. They have also been using colour charts to finds lots of different colour leaves and then using these leaves to make our own leaf lanterns and leaf men!
Our KS1 children have been using their survival and map skills to identify the key geographical features of our forest school site. They loved using mud to make their maps.
As well as learning to recognise the leaves and identifying the tree that they have fallen from they have also been identifying the different types of materials that we can find up there and using them to make a robins nest and a hedgehogs home. Superb Exploring!
During this season Swallows have been making objects using natural materials from our site to sell at our annual Christmas fayre whilst practicing their tool use up at the site. They made pencil pots using a carpenters brace to make the holes and secateurs to cut the holly to make our Christmas wreaths. Thankyou to GW Northwest for providing us with the pre-cut cubes and to Smyth’s Floral Design for donating the copper wreath rings.
Click on the link to find out what the children have been up to this Autumn – Autumn in the Forest
Views on our Forest School by the children
‘I like toasting marshmallows over the fire!’
‘ I like building things like dens and minibeast houses.’
‘I love forest school because I like mud and having hot chocolate in the winter.’
‘We learn about minibeasts and look for signs of spring.’
‘I like using the Bowsaw to cut wood.’
‘Forest School lets you get close to nature.’
‘I like making things to sell at the Christmas fair.’
Forest School Leader – Mrs Kirsty Beswetherick