This is a new venture for Clifton School this summer but one we will definitely continue with in the future. We have benefited from working with Forest Schools expert Dave Corrie this summer but as all staff also attended a training session with him we will be able to run our own sessions in the future.
Reception, Year 1 and 2 were first to try out the Forest Schools experience as part of their sleepover. During the day they worked together to make four wooden benches which we sat on around the campfire. During the evening they made their own wood fired pizzas and wooden beads that they branded with their initial.
Learning new skills with a range of tools whilst also learning how to keep ourselves safe was a great challenge for the children which they all loved.
As Class two did not have a residential experience this year they were offered half a day Forest Schools activities and worked in their school teams. They made stools, mallets, egg cups, coasters and whistles, branded some of these items and learned how to use a kelly kettle safely.
Year 6 were offered a Forest School day as their leavers treat and spent the day with Dave cooking pizza parcels and drop scones, learning how to use a kelly kettle and making stools, mallets and whistles with wood and a range of tools. It was a hugely enjoyable day and a lovely way to end their time in primary school.