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St Laurence Church Of England (A) School

Be Respectful Be Brilliant Be Kind

Thame Road, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 7DX


Forest Schools

Forest school enriches our children's learning and encourages them to be adventurous, imaginative and observant. Mrs Body works closely with the class teachers to link forest school with all areas of the curriculum and our school values. 

The children develop in confidence as they achieve new skills; both social skills, such as collaboration and personal qualities, and personal, such as initiative and determination. These skills develop over the block of sessions through real life experience in our beautiful woodland and the journey to it. The children learn to care for themselves and develop trust in each other while playing. They are taught to use tools safely and respect the natural world.

We will set off in almost all weathers which gives us opportunities to build shelters, get muddy, cope with walking on hot summer days and occasionally build snowballs and snowmen. Whilst there are real challenges and adventures, the children’s safety and well-being is at the heart of forest school.

Wednesday 9th January 2019 – Weather was frosty and cold but bright

Year 1

First visit back to the Forest School site for a few weeks and it was a cold and frosty morning. The children were all wearing their gloves and hats which was great. The walk down was swift and problem free. After a quick reminder of the rules, they were very keen to go off and explore. The ropes, as always, were very popular and used for a variety of things from rope swings to fishing lines! The children decided that the trees in the ditch were their boat and they were sailing across the Atlantic Ocean to America! Absolutely delightful to watch their imaginative play. Farmer Joe visited us on site and it as lovely to see him and great for him to see all the children having such fun. Some children asked to make a bow and arrow so I sent them off to find the perfect piece of stick, not to stiff but with a little bit of spring. Just as we were nearly going back to school, a child found a skull. This was very exciting and we bought it back to school to see if we would identify which animal it came from. This was another lovely session with the Year 1s.

First session for the Robins since before Christmas and it was a very chilly one so we made sure that they were all wrapped up in their all-in-ones, gloves and hats. There is a new boy in the class so we had to introduce him to the rules and refresh the memories of the others, they did really well to remember them. Then they went off to play. The ropes were very popular, I think I need to bring some more! They were used to drag logs around and make swings. Following the topic in class, the children helped make some stickmen using some specifically shapes sticks that I had collected a few days before. They also enjoyed colouring in some stickman pictures. As they sat down for snack, we saw they some of them were shivering so we decided to take the snack back into the class room to warm up. I read The Stickman book whilst they ate their snack. All in all, it was a lovely first session back at Forest School.