Forest School

We have been very busy in Forest School over the past few weeks. We have been learning all about different animals and how animals use their senses to survive in the wild. We began our learning by looking at how animals use their sense of smell to detect where they are and if there is danger nearby. The children then used the natural resources around the forest to make their own forest school scent to spread around the forest for the animals to find. Following this, we then looked at how animals use their sense or hearing to stay safe. The children played a variety of different games that needed very good listening skills in order to not get gobbled up by a predator.

In Forest School this week we were looking at how we could use different natural resources to create pieces of art. Some children opted to use the trees and leaves that had fallen on the floor to create pieces of work, whereas other children made mud and used their hands to create hand prints or mud faces. This was very messy but lots of fun and we all really enjoyed getting stuck in (even the grown ups).



I hope everyone has a lovely weekend and I will see Paddington Class for Forest School on Friday!


Miss Leatherland 🙂

Forest School Fun!!!!

Year 1 have been very busy in the forest the last two weeks from making dens to feeding the birds we have got up to allsorts.

Year 1 have been listening very carefully in the forest to see if we can hear the fairies returning, however we noticed we could hear lots of birds tweeting. With this in mind, Year 1 have been working together to make bird feeders for the birds. The children then choose the trees they wanted to hang the feeders in and Miss Leatherland tried her best to put them as high up as she could. Can you tell someone how we made the feeders?


We have been playing lots of fun games in the forest, including one, two, three where are you and sleeping dragons. The children thoroughly enjoyed having to sneak around to make sure they did not wake the dragon or get caught!!!

Today in forest school, Matilda class have been using the resources in the forest to make dens. In groups the children searched high and low for different sticks to form the structure of their den. Once the children had arranged the structure and the roof they began adding home comforts such as a pot of magic soup and a spade as a spoon. Additionally, due to it being very muddy from the rain, the children have been on the hunt for bugs and boy did they find a lot!! Miss Leatherland and Ms Morrison were very impressed with the amount of worms the children found hiding under the logs. The children were very careful when using magnifying glasses to take a closer look!

We have had such fun in forest school the last two weeks! I can’t wait to see what we get up to next week!


Miss Leatherland 🙂

The fairies have returned!!!

Brrrr, Matilda class had a very chilly forest school session on Friday. We all put on our winter woollies and braved the cold for a fantastic forest school session. The last time Matilda class visited Forest School, Flora the fairy and her friends had been to visit to ask the children to build a shelter for them.

The children rushed up to the forest to see what had changed and were amazed to see a fairy door and another note.

The children knocked on the door, however Flora and her friends were not in. Some of the children decided that the fairies might need some Christmas decorations in the forest and rallied together to make the decorations out of natural resources. Amazingly, some children saw Flora fly by and had a chance to speak to her.

  • Ellen: Dear Year 1, I want to thank you for making my house. Love Flora.
  • Lily: When I knocked the door three times, a fairy came and spoke to me. Dear Matilda class, I really like the way you built the houses and protected us from the snakes. Thank you, Love Flora
  • Emily: Dear Year 1 and Robinson Class, I hope you have a lovely Christmas thank you for our gifts. Love Flora.
  • Archie: The fairy and her friends had blue and purple dresses with blonde short hair.
  • Ellen: Flora had blonde hair with pink sparkly shoes and a blue dress.
  • Oscar: The fairy had red glittery shoes and a blue dress.
  • Emily: Flora had nice long blonde hair, she had a red dress and red shoes.










Other children had a go at using sticks and wool to create weaving poles. The children had to make sure they found sticks that were the same length and width. They then cut the string at the length they thought they needed to weave the string between the poles.





Well done Matilda Class.


Miss Leatherland 🙂


We have had a visitor….

This week in forest school the children went into the forest as normal however….. they noticed something different in the forest.

Underneath one of the trees the children found fairy dust scattered along the ground. The children were fascinated by the fairy dust and found a letter close by from Flora the Fairy. The letter read:

Dear Year 1 and Robinson Class

Overnight I crept into the forest to build myself a shelter. However, it was so cold and windy that I could not find what I needed. Please could you build a shelter for me and my friends so we can return and sleep safely?

Thank you children.

Miss Flora the Fairy




The children rushed to Flora’s aid, using the forests natural resources to create homes for Flora and her friends.

“We can make a trail so the fairy houses connect for them to see in the dark.” Ellen

“We need some pencils to write the fairies names on the houses so they know where to go.” Declan

“I think the fairies will love our houses, I can’t wait to see if they return.” Niamh

All of the adults were so impressed with the children’s commitment and determination to build fairy houses. The children showed fantastic teamwork to find the resources and build very impressive and creative homes. (One home included a flag and a swimming pool)


Well done Matilda and Robinson class.

I can’t wait to see if our visitors return!!!!!

Miss Leatherland 🙂