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Glasllwch Primary School • Melbourne Way • Newport • NP20 3RH / 01633 266398 / glasllwch.primary@newport.gov.uk

…Forest School

We are very fortunate to have a fantastic woodland setting within our school grounds which we use for Forest School. These sessions with Years 1, 3 and 5 take the children’s learning outdoors and incorporate: literacy, maths, science, art, history, geography, personal and social education, design and technology, physical education and the Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship.

Some of the activities which will take place are:

Nature Detectives tree/leaf identification ‘knock on wood’
trails, flora/fauna identification tree instruments
footprints, circle time blindfold trails
mini – beasts stories mini-shelters
puzzle trails drama meet  a tree
homes ‘The Whispering Tree’ tool making
webs masks log-circle rules
sound maps seed collecting and dispersal camp-fire activities
puppets estimating distances roasting marshmallows
jewellery model making knots
camouflage woodland crowns songs
weaving Forest School diaries

Within Forest School children are given the time, freedom and space to explore and discover within the woodland whilst undertaking planned, structured and well supervised activities.  Forest School fosters a ‘can do’ ethos and provides a flexible approach which allows for individuality.  There are many positive effects of Forest School, for example, increasing the children’s confidence, promoting team work, developing speaking and listening skills.  Forest School also teaches the children to be more environmentally aware, developing an understanding of how the natural world actually works and how important their role is in looking after it.

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Year Four’s interpretation of Mother Nature.

Year 6 Den Building.

 

http://www.naturedetectives.org.uk is a fantastic website full of great ideas and downloads.

 

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