Forest School in KS1

Christmas Wreath

We created our own Forest School wreath. We made a circle by weaving bendy pieces of willow then we decorated it with ivy and cypress cuttings. We are very proud of our work.

Double Rainbow Delight!

We had a lovely surprise at Forest School when we spotted a double rainbow. It looked amazing!

Timber Hitch

Year One have learnt how to tie a knot called a timber hitch. This is a good knot to learn so we can easily move logs and bundles of sticks.

Mud Insects

We created our own mud insects. We investigated our many legs, wings and antennae our insects would need to be accurate. It was a rather muddy job but we enjoyed it!

Mini-beast Hunting

Our Year 1 pupils are very good at hunting for mini-beasts. We used magnifying glasses to get a very close look at them!


We investigated camouflage by playing a special kind of hide and seek. It was really difficult to find our friends when they were wearing their camouflage jackets.


Problem Solving

Dizzy the Dinosaur had a problem! He wanted to cross the river but didn't want to get his feet wet! We needed to work with our friends to create ideas and solve the problem. 

Using our senses

Our friends helped us to take part in a blindfold rope trail. At times it felt quite scary to not be able to see where we were going, but luckily we could trust our friends to guide us as they carefully explained where we were going and any obstacles in the way. 

Busy Bees

Year One have been planting seeds to help the bees. We feel it is important for them to have lots of flowers to visit.

Learning how to use a Bow Saw

Our Year One children have been learning how to safely use a bow saw to cut wood. We used a saw horse to hold our branch securely. We were very impressed with our new skills.

Celebrating the Russian Festival of Maslenitsa

We said goodbye to Winter and welcomed Spring by creating our own Maslenitsa festival. We decorated our Winter tree in cold, frosty colours and then sang our 'Goodbye to Winter' song. Finally, we burnt away Winter. We are happy to welcome the warmer days of Spring!

Timber Hitch Knot

Year One have been learning how to tie a special knot called a timber hitch. It means we can easily move large logs. We enjoyed taking our logs for a walk.

Signs of Spring

The seasons are changing and Year One have been hunting for signs of Spring. We have taken photographs of the things we found and we are using them to make our own Spring book.


Spring Nesting

Year One went on a trip to the zoo and learnt about nesting birds and roosting bats. We have bat and bird boxes to go up in our Forest School site. We drew a map to show where we thought it would be best to position them. Hopefully we will get some visitors who like their new homes!


Hibernating Hedgehogs

Year One have been investigating how a hedgehog might keep warm when the weather is cold. We pretended our bottles of hot water were our hedgehogs which we had to try and keep as warm as possible. Thermometers were used to check their temperature. We used lots of different methods to keep our hedgehogs as cosy as possible.

Local Landmarks

Year One have been studying local landmarks and so we created our own Angel of the North. We then created our version of Penshaw Monument!

Using Tools

At Forest School we learn how to safely use tools. Here, we are learning how to use a pair of loppers.

Year One Visit to Brockwell Woods 

Making Chapatis

Year One enjoyed making their own chapatis and cooking them over the open fire.

Forest School Rangers

Our Key Stage 2 Forest Rangers help us to learn new things at Forest School. Here, our Year 4 Rangers have been working with Year 1 reminding them how to safely carry large branches to make dens.