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Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 11:51
Another duo of beautiful Autumn days for Birch and Elder Groups down in Ella's Wood. We were also delighted to be joined by Butterfly (Miss Wilford's woodland moniker). Both groups faced the swamp and its logadiles this week - the game provided some super opportunities for teamwork, clear... Read More »
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 18:42
Birch Group were treated to a visit from Tawny Owl (Mrs Stanford - founder of our Goudhurst & Kilndown Forest School). She was here to extend & build on the children's interest and knowledge of birds and bird watching. She modelled stillness and patience and showed the children how to use... Read More »
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 13:04
Session 3 Both Groups started their session with a game of leaf snap where they had to match the leaf that was waiting for them on their stump with that of a similar tree. This game helped us to identify six different species of tree that grow in Ella's Wood (there are several more). This promoted... Read More »
Monday, September 27, 2021 - 11:54
The September sunshine warmed the woodland and beamed glorious, dappled light down on both groups this week. Both sessions started with a 'Bumblebee Challenge' - to find the boundary cards hidden around the woods and to work out what it said on your card without help from an adult (great examples... Read More »
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 20:55
It was lovely to watch the children reacquaint themselves with the woods.  They showed great independence on the journey and were able to either do their own seat belt or seek help from a friend. They remembered some of the boundaries (rules to keep help them manage risk and keep themselves, each... Read More »
Friday, June 18, 2021 - 06:16
Dogwood Group It was already hot when the children were dropped at school. On arrival at the woods, the children noticed that everything was bigger and greener than last week and that the woods were pleasantly cooler than it had been in the village. The wood was alive with bird song and Wren had... Read More »
tags: forest school
Saturday, June 12, 2021 - 09:20
It has been over a year since Whitebeam & Dogwood have been in the woods. There were plenty of changes. The woods were greener, the birds were noisier & the sun & tree canopy is creating beautiful patterns in the woodland floor. Both sessions started with reminding ourselves of the '... Read More »
tags: forest school
Monday, May 24, 2021 - 08:41
Year 6 were very busy again in the woods this week - the underlying theme was Courage and Resilience but so much more than this was achieved. There was cooking, tool work, games, stories, poetry, fire striking, kelly kettles, bird watching, building, an obstacle course, tree climbing, free learning... Read More »
tags: Maths, D&T, Science, PSHE
Friday, May 14, 2021 - 12:30
Another busy couple of days this week. Holly Group listened to the story of 'The Little Tree' which is all about the courage of letting go, while Holly Group heard 'The Hugging Tree' which promoted a discussion about resilience and asking for and accepting help when things get tough. Both groups... Read More »
tags: Science, P.E. D&T, Maths, English
Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 00:10
Did you know that a blue tit family will eat up to 10.000 winter moth's green & yellow caterpillars during the breeding season. WIth this in mind, we played a game of Vanish. Some children chose adult supervised activities such as honing their palm drill skills, helping prepare the ingredients... Read More »
tags: forest school

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