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Chiddingstone Church of England School

Educating for life in all its fullness - John 10:10

Forest School

Chiddingstone Nature Table:

 

While out enjoying our beautiful local environment if you see something which you find interesting, is seasonal or you just would like to share, send a photo or video to your class teacher. We will be putting them on the online Nature Table which we hope to keep this going for the rest of this term. While you are out on your daily family walk, please do take photos and send them in so we can create an online nature diary. 

Mrs Vicary's nest box

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Mrs Vicary's parents have a webcam in their bird box and the blue tits have found it a perfect spot for a home!
Week commencing 04.05.2020

 

While out on your daily walks see if you can spot this amazing piece of nature. The Horse Chestnut trees blossom changes colour to tell insects and pollinators if the flower has been pollinated or not. Yellow flowers haven't been pollinated and pink/red flowers have. See if you can find some and send in the pictures!

Forest Feast

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Follow Mr Vaughan brew up some delicious Cleavers tea.

https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildlife-explorer/wildflowers/cleavers

Forest Feast

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Simple Jack-in-the Hedge and Sorrel bread dip

https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildlife-explorer/wildflowers/garlic-mustard

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/trees-woods-and-wildlife/plants/wild-flowers/wild-garlic/

https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildlife-explorer/wildflowers/wood-sorrel

Forest Feast

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Watch and make with Mrs Woodhouse a delicious nettle and wild garlic soup.

https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildlife-explorer/wildflowers/stinging-nettle

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/trees-woods-and-wildlife/plants/wild-flowers/wild-garlic/

Forest Feast

30.4.20

Humble Hawthorn

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See if you can spot any of the pink anther and the black anther, take a photo or video and send it in for our Nature Table

Explore more about the Hawthorn:
https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/trees-woods-and-wildlife/british-trees/a-z-of-british-trees/hawthorn/

Class 4's Blue Tit camera

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Class 4's Blue Tit is currently sitting on 11 eggs and in this video you can see the male pop into the bird box to feed the female. Watch this space for chicks......

Swarm of bees with a marked queen!

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What do we do at Forest School:

 

Each Forest School session is planned by the leaders and are adaptive and responsive to the learners requests and passions, therefore activities range weekly.

- Den building

- Campfire cooking

- Sensory activities

- Listening activities

- Teamwork activities

- Tool making

- Knot tying

- Shelter building

- Habitat creation

- Environmental awareness

- Storytelling

- Evaluation and reflective activities

 

The Forest School ethos is based around creating a safe and nurturing environment.

Our key objective is "Play & Choice".

 

Through natural (age appropriate) play, we aim to encourage the children to learn:

  • Self management
  • Awareness of their surroundings and environment
  • To be bold with new risks and experiences

Article from Autumn 2019 Headteacher Update Magazine - please click on images to enlarge

What tools do we use:

 

- Bowsaw

- Loppers

- Billhook

- Sheath Knife

- Flint & Steel

Clothing requirements:

 

Wellingtons with additional wellie socks / extra thick socks

Waterproof coat - not school coat

Waterproof OVER trousers with tights & leggings / tracksuit bottoms underneath

Hat, scarf & substantial gloves plus layers incl vest, long sleeved top & jumper (in winter)

Sunhat & sunscreen (in summer)

Forest School activities are practical, therefore the children are very likely to get muddy.

There is the possibility of clothing getting damaged, so wearing old clothing is imperative.

School uniform, incl PE kit, are not suitable.

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