Forest School at Towcester Primary
We are lucky enough at Towcester Primary School to have large school grounds which we like to make the most of. Outdoor learning occurs frequently, whether on the playground, the field, in our Forest School area, the Bungalow Gardens or just outside the classroom door. Almost any subject can be taught outdoors. We are lucky enough to have mature trees on site and an area growing wild as our Forest School area. Children in Years One and Two attend Forest School sessions, where they develop both independent and partner or team working skills through exploration and challenges. They are challenged physically and mentally and begin to learn new skills, such as handling tools safely.
Year 2 have been undertaking their first Forest School session this year and they have had an amazing time! There was so much co-operation and working together to solve problems that they have really impressed their teachers. Apart from their independent exploring time, children have been learning skills and applying these to tasks and challenges. They have used binoculars, secateurs and loppers; they have begun to tie knots and lash ropes; they worked together to build rain shelters and other 'rooms'; they have made their own leaf crowns and have begun to learn how to identify our local trees.
See below for photos.
Our visitors from Germany started a project on 'Forests' with us when they visited in October 2017.
We carried out some Forest school activities at Salcey Forest, including:
- Den building
- Guiding your partner
- Identifying trees
- Tree Hugging
It's that time of year again - Year 1 and 2 have started their forest school sessions and it's wet, cold, rainy and muddy! However, we still have a fantastic time, working on independence, teamwork, resilience and fitness, amongst other things.
In Year 2 this term, children will be learning to use tools safely, learning to tie knots and lash sticks for our picture frames, using teamwork to make rain shelters and obstacle courses.
If the weather is kind to us later in the term, we may even be able to cook a snack over the fire-pit.
Below are some pictures of Anholt class.
Our Year 1 and 2 children go to Forest School every other small term.
Here are some photos of the things they get up to:
Forest School Quotes Ahlberg
“I like forest school because it helps nature and habitats”
“In forest school we have made kites also we had hot chocolate with mint”
“It’s awesome when we make things”