So today marks the end of the calendar year here at SG Forest School and Outdoor Learning. This means it is time to compile our top nine Instagram posts of 2019. You can see these in the image below. If you are not following us on Instagram, why not join us in 2020.
Merry Christmas everyone and a Happy New Year.
You may remember that last week some children from St Stephen’s Junior School decided they would like to make a new mallet. Well this week they did just that. Today they learnt to use a saw safely and then used their axe skills to finish the job.
They were certainly pleased with the results. The children also made some lovely Christmas decorations, some of which involved problem solving, as they threaded them with twine to create a star pattern.
Happy Christmas St Stephen’s and we’ll see you in the New Year.
The case study for the Bristol Standard that Christ Church Clifton Pre-School recently completed, is now available on the Bristol Early Years website. Supporting this project was an absolute highlight for us this year. Check it out; you might find some familiar faces amongst the photos!
Bristol Standard Case Study – Christchurch Clifton Pre-School
Use the clay we said; it’s fabulous to see what children can do when they’re given no boundaries. 😁
Our work at St Stephen’s Junior School in Soundwell continues and it’s great to see the children warming to the Forest School philosophy and exploring their own learning. A group of children in this session are passionate about axe work and choose it every week. But with practice comes skill and now their inquisitive nature has led them to the conclusion that they can make something. Seeing that the mallet has seen better days they have asked if they can make one from the tree trunk they found in the woods. So this week we will need to dig out both the saw and the axe!
Well done to all those brave children, parents and carers from Christ Church Clifton Pre-School who headed out into the woods even after a heavy rainfall forecast!
Despite this we had an awesome time and we don’t think the children even noticed. They made two fabulous autumn wreaths from the beech leaves, woodland sparklers and warm snacks on the fire. You’ve definitely earned a cosy evening in!
The autumn colours have certainly reached a peak this week and are putting on a fabulous show. We took the Year 3s from St Saviour’s Junior School in Bath to their Willow Garden where a beautiful mature sycamore is shedding it’s leaves.
The leaves became the inspiration for our session and we created stunning autumn wreaths and made leaf people in groups.
Our lunchtime group is growing in confidence, choosing their own activities and taking care of refreshments. It’s great to be back after the break!
We’ve had the most wonderful day at St Saviour’s Schools in Bath. Last week we focused on the autumn colours and this week we took our work to the next level.
The children collaborated in small groups to create amazing pieces of colour inspired art. We first looked at some examples created by Andrew Goldsworthy.
We also discussed bonfire night and what that meant to this country. We were then inspired to make our woodland sparklers. I’m sure the whole neighbourhood saw us walking back to school with these!
In our lunchtime club we had not one, but two birthdays to celebrate; so there was a surprise bit of birthday cake with candles!
We then made bread on the fire as the children had decided they would like to do this to mark the end of term.
We couldn’t of wished for better effects for our Stone Age Experience with Stoke Bishop Primary School today – somebody must have ordered in the smoke machine and fabulous lighting. Thank you for all the wonderful comments on the way our of the woods; particularly those children who said it was the best school trip they’d ever been on! Smiles all round. 😁
We had a wonderful Forest School session at St Stephen’s Junior School in Soundwell today. We got really creative with the autumn colours that we found and made a beautiful piece of 3D art.
Next week the children are going to have a fire and cook some bread, so we helped the children prepare cookiing sticks.
They took to whittling very quickly. We also made up some fabulous songs and sang them around our art work.
Today was all about autumn colours at St Saviour’s Junior School in Bath. We had a fabulous time collecting natural colours around the woodland and creating an amazing colour wheel.
The children then discussed the colours in our fire and we shared a song or two on the subject (and then one about a crazy moose)!
Our Forest School Club moved on to whittling skills this week and we were impressed with their attention to detail. Great effort team!
The children are really getting into routine with our Forest School sessions at St Stephen’s Junior School in Soundwell. They’ve become expert shelter builders and can get us out of the rain in minutes! We enjoyed craft work and a story with hot chocolate today.
The best day ever at Mountain School with Christ Church Clifton Pre-School. We embraced the challenge of climbing up Sand Point, took a sneaky visit to the beach for lunch and enjoyed taking in the marvellous views.
On top of our mountain we drew field sketches and thought carefully about what we could see. Stood on top of the trig point the children informed us that they could see everything!
What an awesome summer we’ve had with this wonderful group of children. We’ve all learnt so much about the world around us and at the same time had an absolute blast! Till next time – we miss you guys already!
So today we went out with the wonderful staff and children of Christ Church Clifton Pre-School to take part in River School! We found out about meanders, completed a kick sample, built a dam, crossed a swamp using ropes and had a wonderful lunch break in the meadow. We saw so many wonderful plants, flowers and butterflies. It certainly was a real treat; no doubt the children went home with some amazing stories. What were their favourite experiences parents/carers? 😀
Back to the beach today for another wonderful session with our friends from Christ Church Clifton Pre-School.
We thoroughly enjoyed watching all the boats go up and down the channel, so we decided to make our own boat out of drift wood and seaweed.
It was also a lot of fun running from the swell of the big boats, when it reached the shore. We also launched our own dinghy and gave Lobby the lobster a ride on the surf!
Sadly he fell in twice and got a bit of a soaking, but he didn’t seem to mind.
This weekend we are off to the Forest of Dean with this special group, for a Forest School camp out and we simply can’t wait – see you in the woods gang!
The Duchess of Cambridge has unveiled her Chelsea garden this week and we think she would be delighted to see that the children of Christ Church Clifton Pre-School visited their own woodland playground today!
As the Duchess quite rightly points out, participating in such activity is essential for both physical and mental wellbeing. The children were focusing, amongst other things, on cooking today. They collected nettles to make nettle tea and also cooked some marvellous damper bread.
There was so much to learn from the woodland and we’re pretty convinced that the children believe it to be the best playground ever!
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Spent an awesome day on the beach with the staff and children from Christ Church Clifton Pre-School.
So many things to see today from container ships, aeroplanes and helicopters, to natural treats including crabs, sea scud and bladderwrack seaweed.
We also enjoyed recreating Denny Island, with rocks and seaweed, then homing our friendly sea creatures.
Wow! The blossom was pretty special at our Forest School session at St Saviour’s Junior School in Bath today. We had a lot of fun with that. One particular child did some awesome maths…… yes maths! Equivalent fraction log chopping!!!! I bet he won’t forget that in a hurry.
We worked with a delightful group of children from St Saviour’s Junior School in Bath today. They thoroughly enjoyed getting out and embracing the April showers.
We had all sorts of things going on, from chopping wood, boiling water, various craft skills, wide games and of course, shelters to protect us from the occasional down pour!
Have a fabulous Easter break and we’ll see you next term.
We had another wonderful day at St Saviour’s in Bath, with the weather being particularly kind to us. The children thoroughly enjoyed getting to grips with fire steels and even cooked up some worm (catkins) treats to eat in their shelter. It was our last club session before Easter and the perfect excuse for an egg hunt!
Happy Birthday Isla we really enjoyed spending time in the woods with you and your friends. Enjoy the rest of the celebrations!
Lots of new skills learnt during our Forest School Sessions at St Saviour Junior School in Bath today. We particularly enjoyed developing a range of tool skills and putting up our new double hammocks!
During our Forest School sessions at St Saviours Junior School Bath on Thursday, we got creative with clay and produced some wonderful woodland guardians. We also learnt how to whittle using a bushcraft knife during after school club. We are looking forward to beginning our work with Year four next week.
We had a wonderful day in Gloucester at Harewood Junior School, leading our ever popular Stone Age Experience workshop. This was our fourth visit to the school in four years, which means all the children in the school have now worked with us. We would just like to say you are all delightful – have a fabulous weekend!
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!
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!
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.
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!