Recently, Fishergate families and staff, as well as students and staff from the Blueberry Academy, have been pitching in to carry out some maintenance to the wonderful Forest School Area, on the school field (originally built by Fishergate family volunteers, and students from the Blueberry Academy). Some people have been able to secure Ward Funding for the area, green token donations from Waitrose, as well as donations of goods from local businesses and environmental charities. Persimmon delivered 10 tonnes of topsoil to the field, which the enthusiastic band of volunteers barrowed in, to build up the climbing mounds. The willow tunnel was trimmed and the whips from it were used to build a woven hurdle fence, in place of the hedge, which didn´t survive last summer´s drought.
Some volunteers were able to use the volunteering time allowed to them by their employer. Does your employer have a scheme like that? Maybe you can help next time.
There is often tea and cake involved, too. There will also be opportunities to get involved with smaller-scale jobs, such as ongoing maintenance- weeding, willow pruning, general tidying up. You don´t have to know the first thing about gardening, it´s a very simple, and enjoyable way of giving back to the school community, if you have a little bit of time you can allocate.
New topsoil was delivered to make our forest hills grow!!!
Key stage 1 children loved their great fires of London topic!! It seemed a shame to set fire to the houses they had constructed out of cardboard and straw and then painted!! But we did!!! (Click to enlarge the pictures)
We watched from a safe distance as the fire started in the bakery and took hold very quickly!! Within minutes they were burned to the ground!! Not like the days it took in 1666!! Super hands on learning!!
Early Years went on a walk to the cemetery to help Clive, one of the volunteers, plant crocus bulbs.
The children had lots of fun making holes, planting the bulbs and getting a bit messy. Clive also took the children on a walk around the forest area of the cemetery and taught them all about the different trees and leaves.
Apparently a fairy king was spotted in our forest school. They needed a shelter making to keep them from the wind and rain. The children did an excellent job at making little shelters using things they found on the ground…
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For those of you that didn’t know…it was international mud day on Friday!
Early Years had a superb time making mud prints, mud paintings, mud faces and generally just getting very muddy in our forest school.
Early Years enjoyed a teddy bears picnic last Friday at forest school. They all brought in their teddy bears from home and made jam sandwiches and played lots of fun games. They read the instructions they had written earlier in the week.
Year 5 and 6 have thoroughly enjoyed their Forest School experiences this term. We have made frames with our knot-tying techniques, built our own dens (and tested them in wet conditions) and have now started work on a new project…
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