Category Archives: Forest Schools

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.

Tree Climbing Tips from Yr1 & 4

Before you set off

Pick a fairly dry day – wet weather makes trees extra slippery. Wear sturdy footwear to help you grip the tree’s bark.  Long sleeves and trousers can help protect your arms and legs from scratches and scrapes.

Ensure you go with a friend or parent – they’re good for spotting footholds while you’re climbing up and down

Picking your tree

Choose a strong, healthy, mature tree.  Avoid any with dead or rotting wood, Oak, London Plane and beech trees are good choices.  Pick a tree with plenty of sturdy branches at regular intervals.

Start climbing

Before you start climbing, do a few stretches to warm up your muscles. Climb near the trunk – this is where the branches are strongest. Choose branches that are at least as thick as your arm, but try to test each branch before you put your full weight on it to make sure it will support you.

Getting down

What goes up must come down.  Climb down facing the trunk and make sure each foothold is secure before you let go with your hands.

Team Building

Torrential rain and high winds didn’t spoil the last forest school session of this half term. We split into 4 teams, the 1st used the kelly kettle to boil water for hot chocolate, they set up the cups in the hide and ensured the camp fire stayed alight to keep us all warm. The other 3 groups took part in the final team building exercise, ‘walking the plank’  The team challenge was to move from the large fire circle to the hide without stepping off the planks. Great communication and co-operation enabled all the teams to successfully complete the task. The prize, to dunk their biscuits in the hot chocolate instead of getting them soggy in the rain.

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Making Bird Feeders

All you need are some toilet paper tubes, peanut butter and bird seed. You can either spread peanut butter over the cardboard tube and roll it in the birdseed, or mix the peanut butter with the bird seed and fill the tube. You can then slip it onto a tree branch or hang it off a branch with string.

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