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Forest School in Victoria Primary

Welcome to Forest School 2023-24

Summer 2

Reception class

Looking after the garden

Learning about the snails

We are learnig to use tools

Digging the bed for our vegetables

Year 1 and 2

Learning about plants and making herb potions

Work inspired by Van Gogh

Year 3 and 4

Healthy food- making canapes and drinking elder-flower cordial using plants from our garden

Summer 1

Year 4

We are learning to use a range of different tools.

Year 1

We are studying art inspired by work of Vincent Van Gogh


Reception class is exploring the first spring blossom


Preparing for Easter celebrations

Spring time planting and growing time in our school garden

The broad beans are sowed.

The broad beans are now transplanted to their growing place

Radishes are sowed in our "salad bar".

More digging to be done to prepere the soil for the new plants

We enjoy whittling the willow sticks. It is also very therapeutic

Mrs Gren helps us to remember how to identify Living Things

We celebrated the Lunar New Year with the story of willow pattern.

We painted some spring blossom

Reception class is learning about our local area. The children are studying and drawing maps

We are choosing the best way to walk across the school field.

Year 3/4 are learning about living things

Year 1/2 were making studying plants and flowers

We made a garden full of our favourite blooms

Reception winter walk

A stickman?

The joys of Autumn

Diwali leaf fireworks

The story of Rama and Sita for our Diwali celebration

The toy exhibition for our parents

Forest Guardians

Year 1 and 2 are learning how to make their own toys.

The Reception class enjoyed exploring the forest school activities

We know how to look after our school guinea pig

We have found a big spider web!

The story time by the fire in Forest School


Last year in Forest School

Summer 2

We show respect

We share this land

We walk together

Hand in hand


Year 2

Making their castles even more splendid

Making Garden Guardians

Our slackline is great to challenge each other to balance, walk across or to jump! It is a fun to play on it with friends young or older!

Our garden needs lots of watering! Thank you Reception!

Year 4 are learning about plants. We collected flowers, leaves, seeds and stems




Building castles- Year2

Our garden in the summer sun

Summer 1

Reception class

We have been explorers, artists, botanists and zoologists

Year 3 and 4 topic is Egyptians

We were learning about the Ancient Egyptian gods and made some new gods using the woodland animals as our inspiration.

Year 1 and 2 are learning about Plants

These are all flowering in our school garden at the moment

Can you name them?

Plant inspired art


Spring 2

We are building nests ready for our Easter Egg Hunt!

Egg Hunt was a great success!


We have started sowing seeds and planting in our garden. Spring is on its way.

Sowing peas and broad beans

Planting onions

We always make sure to put the worms back in their natural habitat

We have some time left to do some whittling

...and designing and building castles

and homes for birds

Reception class are looking for bears hiding in our garden.

Year 1 and 2 are studying plants and need to find the first spring flowers in our garden.

It is hailing! The weather can be very changeable

Spring 1

The first sign of spring in our school garden-snowdrops

Year 1 and 2 were learning about the Great Fire of London.

We were learning about the dangers of fire and about the ways to keep ourselves safe.

Reception children celebrated Chinese New Year with a story telling guest and the lion dance

Children were learning how to make kites and tested them on the playground

Autumn 2

Children have made some Christmas decoration during their Forest school lessons

Years 3/4

We used the Japanese art of Notan- dark and light harmony- to create these spectacular pictures

Learning about light and shadows

Years 1/2

Our school guinea pig was posing for our art project. We used the inspiration from Andy Warhol's pop art.

Reception class

Year 1 and 2 Leaf fireworks

Year 3

We are learning about colour, texture and shape

Our guinea pig Candy is going on half-term holidays


Reception class

We went on a Bear Hunt and we made some houses for our bears

Year 1

Looking for mini habitats

We made some bear masks and designed some special houses for our little bears

Year 3

Learning about the Stone Age

Here are some examples of our ephemeral art




What a wet day we had in the Forest School today! it did not stop us from going out.

We made a vegetable garden using a box and some pictures of vegetables from old catalogs.

Even the hungry bunnies will not be able to get through the wall of our garden.

Year 3 and 4 are learning about the Romans this term.

We are learning how they built forts for their legionaries

This one looks great!

We studied the way the Romans built their roads

Look at our Roman numerals

Reception class planted some onions, measuring the distance with their hands.

We also planted some potatoes.

We fed Candy with grass and dandelions

Year 1 and 2 finished their topic about The British Isles. We learned that daffodils are the national emblem flower of Wales. We did some close observations of this flower and tried to draw as many details as possible. We did pretty well!

We learned about all nations in the United Kingdom, creating a map with a different emblem flower for each nation: daffodil, thistle, rose and shamrock.

Spring 1/2

We were learning about different methods that birds use to make their nests.

Later we had an amazing egg hunt to celebrate Easter

Year 3 and 4 are learning about symmetry. We all used the same materials but each picture was different like in a kaleidoscope.


We can trust our friends knowing they will look after us

Reception children celebrated Chinese New Year

Year 3 are learning how plants can help them to have a healthy diet and better environment to play and rest in

Reception are learning to make friendship bracelets to exchange them with their friends .

Year 1 and 2 are learning about animals. Why not to start our learning journey with our school guinea pig Candy.

Autumn 2

We made some Christmas decorations

Making autumnal crowns for the kings and queens of the forest school

The Autumn Queen in her castle


Year 3 are learning about Ancient Greece

We listened to the Greek myth about Medusa and made Medusa clay masks

We are celebrating Diwali by watching the story of Rama and Sita

We have made some leaf fireworks to celebrate Diwali and Bonfire Night


Year 1 has been learning about Van Gogh. We painted some flowers and made two wonderful displays for the classroom. I am sure Mr Van Gogh would be proud of their work


Harvest display in the school garden

We have done a food collection to support our local Food Bank

Reception class

Candy loves being stroked and fed

We are using chalk to draw in puddles

We are enjoying feeling the texture of conkers, acorns and berries

We are decorating Elmer with colourful leaves

Reception made a leaf Elmer

We are talking about the way that conkers feel: cold, smooth, hard

We are setting up a harvest display

Year 1 are playing game of collecting conkers

We have made some observational painting of our garden vegetables

Forest school Club children collect seeds from our bean plants


Year 3

We have rebuilt our BUG HOME and fitted it with new sticks and bricks for bugs to hide in and hibernate through the winter

Super work at taking the bark off the willow stick


Year 1

Year 1 has been checking the school grounds for the signs of Autumn

We found some flowers, insects and snails

What are you making using this big mallet?

A perfect enclosure for the elephant

Our school guinea pig loves hay

We have harvested some potatoes ready for our Harvest Festival

Forest school club children are litter picking around our school

We have made some tree guardians to protect our trees

We have made a wonderful castle

Our mud kitchen Star Baker with her pumpkin pie

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