Today we became forest trackers, fox-walkers, ninja-sneakers, potion makers, builders, scramblers and much more at our summer family forest school session.
We have had a fantastic year of outdoor learning and growing through our Forest School program. Forest School will return in the summer with Mrs Herold's return to work...
This week we celebrated the arrival of Advent by making Advent crafts! We also listened to a Sami creation story 'from the North Pole' .
We made a yule log by drilling holes for our advent candles to go in. Our advent candles were whittled from elder.
We made advent wreaths using evergreen materials.
We worked closely with 'tree-tastic' Andy from Living Woods North East CIC to plant a food forest in our school field.
It was a real team effort and a huge THANK YOU goes out to all of the grown-ups who helped out on the day.
We made 'tree food' to give our baby fruit trees the best start, locally sourced from Green Man Enterprises. We mixed compost from our chicken area with apple pressings and bio-char (also donated from Green Man Enterprises).
This is a special time of year for trees nationally, with National Tree Charter Day on Saturday 24th and National Tree Dressing Day on Dec 1st. To celebrate, we decorated our favourite trees and took part in a range of tree-themed activities during the day.
This week we found out more about how birds get ready for winter. That some familiar British birds migrate and that we receive newcomers who have migrated to our country from colder climates.
We played with ropes today. We worked as a team, used a bow saw and even made ourselves a new pet. On top of that we now know what perseverance means!
Meet our... LOG DOGS!
We helped the Autumn Gnomes begin their big Autumn clean up of all those leaves that are falling off the trees.
Some of us made some Autumn Gnomes to bring to the party.
Don't forget to make a hat to keep them warm!
What a busy day! Time for a rest :)
Class Three celebrated Michaelmas and the tradition of the harvest loaf by...
Using loppers to cut a length of green willow.
Whittling the bark off one end.
Cooking bread on our sticks over a campfire.
Following last night's storm, and in blustery conditions, we explored the importance of SHELTER.
We learnt the key skill of shear lashing and the importance of triangles when making a strong shelter structure.
We worked in a team to build a shelter that would protect us from wind and from rain.