International Day of Forests 21st March 2023
To mark the occasion Reception through to Year 5 each had a session in our Forest School today. The children took part in team building tasks, created dens, pixie houses and owl nests!
Year 5 used their knowledge of shelters and structures this week to create their own pyramids! Their pyramids also included several dangerous and deadly traps to stop enemies from stealing their prized possessions!
Year 5 were transported back to 1944 this week. They had to work in pairs to guide each other through the mine field with their eyes closed. They then made some Remembrance crosses using a variety of knots. These will be shared in Friday’s assembly.
Forest school at St. Cross Catholic Primry School aims to promote resilience, confidence and perseverance in children whilst developing their emotional intelligence through social interaction. Children are given the opportunity to assess risk, in a controlled setting, therefore learning how to keep themselves and others safe. The alternative learning environment gives all children an opportunity to succeed in a new setting and to engage in a new way of learning.
Our forest school provides outdoor learning that extends classroom based learning. Children are given the opportunity to attend lessons linked with their Creative Curriculum Topic which can meet the National Curriculum objectives of a variety of subjects, such as Science, History, and PSHE.
Our specialist Forest School Teacher and Leader together, devise engaging and adventurous activities that make the topic come alive, whilst exploring the raw materials around them.