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Forest Schools

Kim is our Forest School Lead Practitioner. Kim holds a Level 3 Forest School, lead practitioner qualification (one of the requirements to run a Forest School Group). She leads Forest and Outdoor Learning activities throughout the week as well as offering specialist sessions during selected school holidays. The activities which are offered include exploring the outdoor learning environment as well as learning essential skills such as; shelter building, fire building, harvesting and maintenance of the woodland environment, knots and cooking outdoors.

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The Autumn Term at Forest School.

Autumn is a beautiful time of year to be out and about in the woodland, and our children have been making the most of the seasonal colours, round shiny conkers, crispy leaves and warming fires . . . oh and some delicious marshmallows!

The children have loved using conkers for "cooking," collecting, gathering, counting and transporting. Just look at this delicious "Conker Stew!'

Children have used a variety of squash for making mud pies!

We have enjoyed many afternoons hunting for fungus! The children find the name "fungi" very funny! They used identification cards to identify the fungi that they have found.

We have been busy making beautiful Forest School Art Work, using leaves and sticks found on the woodland floor!

The children collected pears from the school garden, and foraged for blackberries!

We stewed the foraged fruit on the fire, using the dutch oven, before adding a crumble topping!

The crumble tasted delicious!

We use a wide range of books, both fiction and non fiction, as additional resources to support the children's learning whilst at Forest School. The story "Not A Stick" by Antoinette Portis is one of our favourites!

Charcoal provides a wonderful resource for mark making. Here are some "worms," the children made lots of worms on the tree and then decided which was the longest!

Kim's Forest School runs on a Friday Afternoon. The sessions consist of dedicated Forest School activities  held within a local woodland area. The programme is designed to meet the needs of the individual children attending the setting. Staff use the children's learning journeys to identify next steps which can be achieved during the Forest School Programme.

Activities will promote: 

  • Identifying boundaries to promote behaviour.
  • The ability to follow instructions.
  • Self confidence.
  • Life skills.
  • Working in partnership with one another.
  • A healthy and active lifestyle.
  • Leadership skills.

Activities will include:

  • Den building.
  • Shelter building.
  • Minibeast hunting.
  • Navigation.
  • Harvesting trees.
  • Making campfires.
  • Cooking on campfires.
  • Whittling.
  • Carving.

The sessions are exclusive to children attending Stepping Stones. The sessions  run from 12:00 until 2:45 every Friday. When committing to the programme, children are booked in for a whole term at a time to enable them to benefit from this fantastic programme. 

Each session costs just £16.00. An invoice will be sent out before the beginning of each term, fees must be paid before the first day of term.

A packed lunch is required.

Contact Kim at Stepping Stones for further information about this fantastic opportunity!

Don't forget to look out for our Forest School and Outdoor Learning days at the Summer Holiday Playscheme. Details can be found on our Holiday Club page.

We have enjoyed investigating the wonderful woodland colours this term, just admire these beautiful yellow leaves. We used them to make woodland crowns!

We made a deliciously warming pumpkin soup!

However, it is safe to say that the warm cheese and tomato bread rolls were the biggest hit!