A journey into the woods.
At Manor Farm Infant School the children in reception will all have the opportunity to experience Forest school. We are fortunate enough to have two Forest school sites, 1 based in the school grounds and 1 based 10 minutes walk away in Common Wood. This means that the pupils have two different natural locations to investigate and contrast. We follow the Forest school principals whereby children are shown a variety of skills but the learning is based on individual children’s interests. They will have the chance to hunt for minibeasts, create imaginatively with natural resources, learn more about birds, make dens, fashion homes for bugs, start to identify different plants and animals and much more.
Led by Mrs Woodstock and a band of experienced parent helpers we head off on a Tuesday to explore the natural world. Each week when we get to our site the children and adults check the boundary, the children love taking responsibility for safety routines, ‘Danger there are prickly holly leaves, the shout goes up’. We finish our sessions sitting in base camp having a hot chocolate, sharing our favourite experiences and listening to a story.
Forest School – ‘Journeys’
As part of marking British Science Week in March, our superheroes in Years 1 and 2 took part in a special mission to our newly developed Forest School site. Our children in Reception are thoroughly enjoying their six week blocks to Forest School too. The theme of this year’s Science Week was ‘Journeys’, so it gave us a perfect opportunity to make a journey to this wonderful area of local woodland.
Our superheroes know that at Forest School there is no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing. They made sure their costumes were just right for the journey ahead. Wearing waterproof coats, layers to keep warm and wellington boots, we set out on our adventure.
Not only were the children finding many signs of Spring in the Forest School site, but also along the way. Out eagle-eyed adventurers spotted evidence of the new season amongst flowers, hedges and the tall trees of Common Wood. We all had lots of fun on our journey and enjoyed the opportunity to be out in the beautiful, natural environment of Forest School.
Well done on completing your mission so successfully, Forest School Superheroes !