Welcome to Forest School & Garden
We are looking for guinea pig sitters for the summer holidays. Please talk to Mrs Walker if you would like to look after our cute guinea pigs.
We are experimenting with the water run, trying o make it go faster!
Story time in the forest with Reception class
Year 2 Nature Art
On a wet June day the Gardening Club is sheltering in the poly-tunnel with a cup of mint tea to warm up.
We have a new guinea pig called Fudge. Our ex-pupil Sophie has given it to us as a present. Thank you very much Sophie from all of us in Victoria Primary.
Candy seems happy too, It must be nice having a new friend to play with.
Year 2- The topic this half-term is Plants. We have been looking closely at different kinds of leaves and flowers in our garden.
Year 4 We are learning about food chain and different habitats.
The Beekeeper Visit
Penny the beekeeper told us about the importance of bees in our food chain and suggested different ways of improving our grounds to make them more bee - friendly.
Year 1 has made some clay fish as a part of the Under the Sea topic
Year 4 made a shelter which Reception class tested.
We harvested rhubarb leaves. We will sell them during the Gardening Club
Year 1 are learning new stories. This week w read"The Stone Soup"
Everyone made up a different recipe for their soup
Enjoying a story under the plum tree
Reception class made some butterflies in Forest School
Year 4 trip to Arkwright Community Gardens
We have learned about different activities and services that the gardens offer to people who live in the Meadows area.
Reception class is looking for mini-beasts
Year 1 children are hammering sticks in for the new fences
Spring flowers in our garden
Can you name them?
Daffodil Crocus Bergenia Cherry blossom
Charlie has made a necklace using elder tree wood.
Year 4 are learning about the state of different materials. We are using bicarbonate of soda to create gas and make fizzy potions.
We also had an unexpected visit from out of space. The aliens deposited some frozen eggs in our garden. Some eggs were good and needed preserving and some were dangerous and had to be destroyed. We worked together to melt or insulate the eggs.
Reception class working in Gruffalo Cafe. What's on the menu; scrambled fox or owl ice cream?
Year 1 is preparing the soil and sowing the seeds in our flower bed.
Our guinea pig is always popular
Year 4 children practising their skills in whittling.
Fantastic mobile Amari
We made a mini pond with Mr Waker to ensure our frogs have a safe place to lay their eggs
Year 2 are being creative making troll
He has a long nose, shaggy hair and a long tail. He is a perfect Troll!
Gruffalo hunt with Reception class
We made some Gruffalo scary faces
..and look what we found
The first spring flowers in our garden -snowdrops.
Reception classes made some people using sticks , stones and other materials
We had a visitor in the Forest School
Using sticks, stones and seeds we made our own skeleton.
It was a cold day in the Forest School. We found lots of ice in different containers. This piece was a perfect circle!
Year 4 are learning about India
We made some Rangoli patterns using natural materials
We practised archery inspired by the story of Rama and Sita
We have new benches in Forest School. An early Christmas present!
Reception classes made stickmen to help them to retell their favourite story
The members of the Gardening Club made some musical instruments and sang "Jingle bells" round the Christmas tree.
Christmas Tree for birds and animals in the garden
Here we go round our Christmas tree....
Guinea Pigs monitors are selling Christmas Cards to raise some funds
Year 2 We have been learning about fire safety. Our topic this term is Fire of London.
Year 4 Greek Mini Olympics!
The Olympic torch was lit!
The chariot race
The long jump
The javelin and discus throw
The skipping and bean bag tossing
The best Olympians wore the laurel wreaths
Forest School Club made some vegetable babies :)
The story of Rama and Sita. Year 1 children are watching the puppet show
Everyone wanted to be as good as Rama at archery.
Identifying where different animals live. Year 2 are having an animal treasure hunt.
Our guinea pigs have a new drinking water bottle. Thank you Oskar!
We have 3 new fish to look after in Forest School
Year 2 are learning about different animals.
We saw snake skin and the dry body of a frog.
We compared the size of different beetles
More magnificent medicines from Year 4.
This time we used vinegar and bicarbonate of soda to make the solution fizz.
We added some food colouring and magic glitter.
We have brand new Guinea Pig monitors this term.
The Gardening Club is planting flowers and bulbs for the winter and spring display..
Reception class is going for a Bear Hunt.
We found 6 bears hiding in the woods.
Outdoor art and maths. We used 10 of different natural materials to create our masterpieces.
Unexpected addition to our art work!
Year 1 - we are reinforcing our phonics. "G" is our sound today; "g" for guinea pigs.
The Gardening Club is getting ready for our Harvest Festival.
Mrs Bradford has lent the scarecrow her jacket. Will she ever get it back?
The Nursery children liked our Harvest display
George could make his marvellous medicine and so can we.
Everyone's potion has magic powers!
Year 4 - testing our "wind turbines".
Year 1 - reinforcing phonics in Forest School "Guinea pigs giggling g,g,g"
The community working day in our garden.
Wild art- we made shapes and patterns using natural materials
We made some streamers and tested them on a windy day.
Reception Class is exploring the garden and forest
Who can strip the willow leaves first?
We made some leaf and stone patterns
Our annual WAFFLE PARTY was a big success. We made £589 !
Thank you to all volunteers for their help
Even our local policemen heard about the Waffle Party and came to taste some
Year 3 are learning about the Stone Age people.
We are making clay carving and painting like the ones found in caves.
We were learning how the Stone Age people hunted
Year 2 We learned how to transport water and experimented with different material to check which ones can be carried by the water the fastest.
Reception Children are acting out the story of Percy the Park Keeper after we read it together.
We set up a stall to sell some of the produce from our garden to our parents,
Look at our new fantastic garden beds!
A big thank you to Miss Mousley and her partner who have donated their time to take away the old planting beds and install the new ones.
RSPB activities for KS1 and Early Years. We looked at different habitats and creatures living in our outdoor area.
We are studying plants; their parts and functions
transplanting small plants
Transplanting tomatoes with our expert volunteer Krystyna
growing seeds in mini "greenhouses"
We can study closely all parts of this baby pumpkin
growing cress seeds
Edible plants: mint tea, chives and cress which we have grown
Harvesting rhubarb leaves ( we can eat only stems not leaves)
Using plants as decoration
relaxing with a book
Out of school club in the garden
School Council popped in to Forest School for a cup of mint tea.
We also discussed activities we enjoy most and ideas we might have for our future lessons.
First warm day in the garden. The spring is on its way.
Teachers from different schools met in our school garden to learn new skills and exchange ideas.
We have been learning about different kinds of birds and animals that lay eggs and build nests.
We had a go at constructing nests ourselves.
Then we worked in groups to find some eggs hidden in the garden to fill our nests.
We counted the eggs. We needed to know if the other group was better than us!
We were all winners as we all got a sweet treat at the end!
Before Easter you could have a photo taken and help us raise funds for the food for our guinea pigs. We made £8. Thank you for your donations!
We are learning about the importance of earthworms for our environment.
We have studied the information about the worms habitat and life cycle.
We know what important role they play to keep our garden soil healthy and fertile.
We found lots of worms in our soil. That proves how well we look after our environment.
We measured some worms to check what was the average size of worm for our garden
Creativity and Cooperation
Reception and Year 3 working together to make a Bog Baby puppet using a range of natural materials.
We created a whole "school" of Bog Babies
We climbed up the hill and we could all feel out of breath and our hearts beating much faster
We were learning how to stay safe around the fire.
KS 2 outdoor activities
Trust and confidence building exercises
Year 2 were learning abut foods which come from the rain forest and compared them to foods which we grow in our school garden
Celebrating Chinese New Year with the love story illustrated by the willow pattern on a plate.
We found a willow tree in our garden.
Maybe there is a story to be found here too?
Year 4 and 5 were making 2D shapes using willow branches.
The shapes will be used by the Nursery and Reception children during the Shape Hunt next week.
Reception classes were learning about the properties of ice.
We had to rescue some spiders trapped in ice.
Year 2 were learning about the Great Fire of London.
In Forest School we were learning about the dangers and responsibilities when making a fire.
We also roasted some marshmallows. Yummy!
Autumn and Winter Activities
Year 2,3,4,5 and 6 took part in the RSPB outreach project. We were learning about our environment and how our school grounds can support wildlife.
Making decorations for the school Christmas Fair
Team and trust building activities
Making Christmas decorations
Studying snails with Nursery
Forest School art
Year 3 and 4 activities.
We are learning to use tools; hammers, peelers and tent pegs
Looking after guinea pigs
Harvesting carrots for carrot cake.
More Year 3 and 4 activities
Reception Class -making Stickmen
A small visitor. Can you spot it?
After School Forest Club
Year 2 - Learning about fire
Selling Christmas Cards
Lunch time Guinea Pigs monitors
NURSERY IN THE FOREST SCHOOL
Reception went on a bear hunt!
We use different tools
Our guinea pigs are very friendly and cuddly
Team work is dream work!
Who can reach higher?
Our hearts were beating fast after a run down the field
We are learning about different animals and habitats
Learning new skills- whittling the willow sticks
Preparing our Harvest Festival display
Our New Guinea Pigs- Munchy and Candy
Learning About Local Heroes- Archery
Story Time In The Garden
Harvesting Autumn Vegetables
Using Tools To Whittle Wood
Christmas in the Garden
Spring in the Garden- Planting Potatoes
Learning About Minibeasts
End of School Waffle Party- Fundraising for Outdoor Classroom