Category Archives: Forest Schools

What if London was a National Park City

Click here for a short video What if London was a National Park City

Making London a National Park City is a great idea. Celebrating what communities have already achieved in London, it’s a long-term, large-scale vision to make the capital greener, healthier, more enjoyable and prosperous.

This first of five videos explains what the London National Park City idea is all about. Subscribe now. We’ll be publishing more videos soon.

Visit our website to get involved and help make it happen.

Join us on September 21 for a landmark community event at Southbank to explore how and why it should happen. Hosted by Josie Long, speakers include designer Wayne Hemingway, campaigner Fiona Reynolds, firefighter Simon Jakeman, as well as the Bollywood Brass Band, artists and poets. You can expect an evening of entertaining performances, provocative ideas and proactive thinking.…

We need your help to make London a National Park City. London can become a National Park City once at least two-thirds (436) of London’s 654 wards and the Mayor of London have declared their support. The good news is that the Mayor of London and over 200 wards have already declared their support. We now need to recruit the support of 200 more! Live or work in London? Visit our website to find out how you can help.

This film was created by the Greater London National Park City Initiative and made with support from the National Geographic Society.

Director: Mark Chaudoir
Creative Director: Judy Ling Wong CBE
Producer: Siôn Elis Williams
Executive producer: Daniel Raven-Ellison

“Let’s make London the world’s first National Park City. A city where people and nature are better connected. A city that is rich with wildlife and every child benefits from exploring, playing and learning outdoors. A city where we all enjoy high-quality green spaces, the air is clean to breathe, it’s a pleasure to swim in its rivers and green homes are affordable. Together we can make London a greener, healthier and fairer place to live. Together we can make London a National Park City. Why not?”


Mixing Technology and Outdoor learning

Year 2 were lucky enough to take part in an exciting Digital Art project, led by Simon. They worked together to create a visual montage titled ‘Wandering in the Woods’.

We used Ipads to photograph our forest area, using a range of camera angles, close ups and low level shots producing some interesting images. We also experimented with thermal, xray, light tunnel and mirror effects with some incredible results.

Once we were happy with our images we moved back into the fire circle. Our next task, to close our eyes and listen carfully to the sounds around us. We took it in turns to describe the sounds,  ‘the whooshing wind’, ‘tweeting birds’ and ‘crunching leaves’. We also imagined what a laughing pixie would sound like if we were in a haunted forest!

Finally we moved back into class to start the sound and editing process.  We used our voices and a range of different materials we had collected such as leaves, branches and twigs. We crunched the leaves with our hands, shook the branches very quickly and trod carefully over the twigs to make a sharp snapping sound.  We added echo effects using Garageband to add a different dimention to our work.

All the images, video and sound recordings have been combined into a film montage about the frightening Wondering in the Woods. Please have a look at our video here:

Building houses for Barbie, ken and Action man

Year 6 have been designing shelters for our intrepid forest school explorers Barbie, Ken and Action man. They made a list of resources,  decided on the number of rooms and whether they would be in a tree house or bungalow.  Once each group was happy with the results,  they became estate agents tasked with viewings and creating a sales pitch.