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Year 5 2022/23

Year 5’s have had a wonderful start to Forest School, for the first few weeks the children were familiarising themselves with the boundaries of the site, we discussed how to keep ourselves safe whilst moving around the area, climbing trees, looking for possible hazards and learning to respect the fire circle.  We thought about how to keep our friends safe whilst playing and moving large sticks about, swinging on the rope swings and rolling down the banks. The children have enjoyed eating their lunches outside and created a handwashing station using the conker soap which they’d made earlier.  They have made use of the cable drum from early on in the term using it firstly to balance and walk on, they introduced pallets to create a ship, then adding a long stick to make it into a tank and using it to role from the top of the bank, where they risk assessed and decided to create a ‘prop’ braking system!  The children have played games to develop their respect of the fire circle, team games with links to nature, such as migrating birds and predator and prey games such as Hawks and Mice.  Some of the children have spent their sessions safely climbing trees to a height where they feel comfortable and safe. Some children decided to create a new habitat by making a dead wood fence. This ongoing project involved using the bow saws to cut the wood and knives to sharpen to a point, then working together using the mallet to hammer them into the ground. The children used sticks to test whether the fence was level and at the correct spacing.  The mud kitchen is a firm favourite where an amazing variety of foods are created and taken into their dens.  The children created their own paints, crushing chalk with the pestle and mortars and adding natural ingredients to dye the paint. During the final session the children had a camp fire and cooked bread & toasted marshmallows, which they all enjoyed.


Thank you to all of the parents for sending the children in with suitable clothing, next term it may begin to get a little cooler, so please add an extra layer or two!