Sunday Fun Day!

A super busy day of two halves. First we spent the morning with a delightful group of 11 to 14 year olds, collecting wood, building a fire and cooking an enormous breakfast; it was difficult to keep up with the demand for bacon! In the afternoon we celebrated Marina and Ottilie’s 3rd birthdays in style. The sun came out and we enjoyed hot drinks, birthday cake and marshmallows around the fire. There was some excellent craft work from the dynamic 3 year olds – getting busy with a power drill and an axe!

Perfect Partners

Year 5 had a wonderful time at Forest School this week, with opportunities to develop a range of skills. It all started with a paired activity, enabling each child to take a turn at being supportive of their partner. There were also opportunities to be creative with clay or pastels, while others continued exploring ways to make shelters or learnt the art of using flint and steel. We finished the session sharing our favourite places to be outside. Great time everybody!

St Saviour’s Forest School

We had a fantastic afternoon with Class 3 at St Saviour’s Junior School in Bath yesterday. We had an amazing time learning about fire, building shelters and being creative. It was super to see the children working together well to solve problems and complete tasks.

Stone Age to Clifton

We visited a new school, Christ Church Clifton Primary School on Friday. We took our Stone Age Experience to the year 3 classes and had an absolutely brilliant day. The workshops were well received and everyone learnt a lot from participating. We are looking forward to hearing where the children go with their topic from here. We know that you’ll find out loads more, as your enthusiasm was infectious!

Bakery Open!

Last week we had a wonderful time in the sunshine at St Saviours Junior School. The children requested that we make bread again, as they had enjoyed the process so much in a previous session.

Coming back to the activity demonstrated how much they had learnt the first time, meaning the adults didn’t have to do a lot to help. The children prepared their own fire, mixed a bread dough and cooked it to perfection! There was a great sense of satisfaction all-round.

Christmas Decorations

Today at Forest School we made Christmas tree decorations from scratch. Sourcing our wood, cutting to length, drilling holes and finally decorating them. All that physical activity helped us keep warm on a glorious winters afternoon!

ERASMUS #forestschool

It was a real pleasure to take teachers from across Europe and a wonderful group of children, out into the woods this morning. This was part of the ERASMUS project that St Saviours Junior School Bath, are taking part in this year.

We were able to share the Forest School philosophy with the group and talk a little bit about its impact on child development.

There was plenty of time for fun, play and of course, campfire food and drink. It was wonderful to see, despite the language barriers, children and adults working and playing together. We hope that the travelling teachers have a wonderful last day in the UK and have a safe journey home. It was great to meet you all.

Wellesley Primary Stone Age

We had a wonderful day at the fabulous Wellesley Primary School, teaching the children about the Stone Age. It was great to see the children really engaging with the activities and thinking carefully about what it must have been like to live during this period of history.

Our workshop continues to grow in popularity and it’s been fantastic to have had the opportunity to visit so many different schools this year. We’re putting this one to bed for 2018, but we’ll be back out there in January! However, our Forest School sessions continue until Christmas.

Bread Day

It was bread day at Forest School today. The children mixed their own dough from scratch, prepared and lit the fire and finally cooked their bread. A super effort all round.

Saltford Stone Age

We had a wonderful day sharing our Stone Age Experience with the Year 3 children at Saltford Primary School yesterday. The children enjoyed the hands on activities and even decided to make some of their own stone age tools. We were very impressed with their resourcefulness! On Thursday we’re heading back to do it all again with the year 4 children. See you all soon.

AUTUMN FEST 2018

We had a wonderful evening yesterday with the very special Christ Church Clifton Pre-School. The woods were calm and inviting, as we headed in at dusk to make lanterns for our Autumn parade. We enjoyed stories around the fire and feasted on hot dogs and smores. We kept the adults going with copious amounts of piping tea and coffee. In the end, both adults and children were reluctant to leave the warmth of our splendid fire. We look forward to working with you all again shortly.

Hot C!

Our Forest School students worked really hard to make sure we had a good cup of hot chocolate today. They learnt to start fire, chopped some fire wood and learnt to heat water. There were lots of firsts, with the students feeling a great sense of achievement. Well done everybody. 😁

An Autumn Belter

What an absolute pleasure to be out in the stunning autumn sunshine with the fabulous staff, parents and children of Stoke Bishop Primary School. We can’t quite believe it’s a whole year since our last Stone Age Experience. The children were impeccably well behaved and really engaged in their learning today. What a fantastic time for all involved. We hope to see you all again soon.

Fairy Time!

What a beautiful morning in the woods celebrating Alice’s 4th birthday. We loved dressing up as faries and making our woodland wands. Enjoy opening your presents and have an amazing weekend. 🎂

It’s all about TEAM

Thank you to Clifton High School for inviting us back again. We had a fabulous day on Friday working with all the junior children. We focused on team building challenges and we’re impressed with how everyone took on different roles so well. Take those skills into the new year and have an awesome term.

Beach Weather

Another magical day on the beach with Christ Church Clifton Pre-School. We were gifted with glorious weather and everyone thoroughly enjoyed exploring the rocks and pebbles.

There was time to collect sea water and fill the paddling pool, practise our writing in the fabulous mud, listen to a story and create a pirate ship on the beach.

The children’s knowledge of this corner of the World has certainly expanded and their physical, personal and social development have benefited too. What an amazing project to be involved in – we’ve loved it!

Summer Outfit

It is one of our many privileges to work with the fantastic pre-school children at Easton Primary Academy. We had an amazing Forest School session with them on Monday. We were last here at the beginning of spring and to see the woodland looking glorious in it’s summer outfit was a real treat! We look forward to our return visit in a few weeks.

Weekend Fun!

We had a fantastic time at the ChristChurch Clifton Pre-School Forest School weekend. Those chocolate brownies cooked in oranges were delicious! We learnt a lot about filtering water in the wild and took part in a number of team challenges. We really enjoyed spending time with the exceptional staff, children and parents. Enjoy your home comforts tonight.

Mini-Shelter Session

We had great fun working in small groups creating mini- dens for our woodland animals today. All the children were very creative and each home was completely different. There was time for a bit of tree climbing, before we shared our thoughts on how we helped each other during the Forest School session.

Beach School! 🌞

We took Forest School to the beach today and transformed ourselves to Beach School! What a fantastic day and the children from ChristChurch Clifton Pre-School were totally awesome! We learnt about the Bristol Channel and could see Wales from our lovely beach. We enjoyed throwing stones into the sea and the fabulous mud! There was lots of water play and traditional beach activities. We can’t wait for the next one.

Glad to be Back

It was great to be back out using Manor Road Community Woodland with a group of Y2 children from Saltford Primary School. We had a fabulous time clay modelling, building shelters, listening for birds and starting our fire lighting journey. We are already looking forward to seeing you all again next week.

Shelter Day

Thank you Y1 and Y2 at Whitchurch Primary School for inviting us to spend the day with you. We really enjoyed ‘Shelter Day!’ Those tepees were pretty special and your group singing in the large shelter was impressive. We hope you continue to enjoy the rest of your topic.

Stumpy!

The children have become quite attached to a little tree stump we’ve been using as a reference marker for our base during woodland visits. Last week they asked if we could bring some eyes for it. Job done! We also introduced hammocks today, which was a huge hit. Everyone also had a go at using a flint and steel for the first time, with great success!

Steak & Kidney Mud Pies

So much fun in the woods today with our group from Castle Primary School in Keynsham. Whittling sticks ready to toast marshmallows was a highlight. Some of the children made a fabulous shelter, while others made steak and kidney mud pies – very delicious!

Spring Mind Games

Warming our hands by the embers on the last day of April! Spring really has been a non- starter. The weather certainly is playing mind games. Last day with our Y3 and Y6 groups at Whitchurch Primary School today. Sad to finish, but we had an amazing and rewarding twelve weeks. Y2s, we are already looking forward to joining you for your special shelter day in a few weeks time.