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Today (15/7/16) was our last day of Forest School for this term and for our year 6 children their last Forest School as a Clifton Hampden pupil.  Have a look at our pictures to see if we got our fires going and what we cooked… We also completed our evaluation sheets of our learning this term.  We use this information to inform our planned activities in the future.

Today (8/7/16) was our final session at Pine Woods.  We rotated groups for our final activity, where we produced some deadly traps, impressive swings and captured stunning images of wildflowers.  Next week we will remain within the school grounds.  Please ensure all children wear trousers.

Today (1/7/16) we rotated groups and took part in our activities.  The weather was warm and dry and this allowed us to look up and sketch a number of wildflowers.  Our swinging building and creating also had very pleasing results.  Our return walk allowed us to observe the hawks which we spotted last week.

1/7/16

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1/7/16

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1/7/16

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Today (24/6/16) we began our group work.  We will all take part in the following 3 tasks, rotating each week.

Group 1: Mrs Wake and her group are making the most of this wonderful time of the year and identifying a number of wildflowers - not an easy task, especially in the weather is against you!

Group 2 - Mrs Campbell are replacing one or two swings, which over recent weeks and a fair amount of use have become rather wonky!  A tricky task which involves lots of team work.

Group 3 - Mrs Field are being creative; the boys have decided this needs to involve bubby traps or death traps: A huge amount of team work, problems solving and communication to produce the desired weapon of choice!  Alternatively, mice, hedgehogs and pictures have provided a different make for some children.

Today (17/6/16) we took part in ‘Den Building Day’ and made our own dens.  This is always a very popular activity and takes lots of skills to produce a den: team work, communication, risk taking and of course the physics of how and where to position those important logs to produce the perfect den!

 

Today (10/7/16) was our first Forest School session.  We took part in a local walk enjoying a stroll along the river Thames.  We stopped at the lock and watched several boats passing through before continuing on to enjoy the wonders of the season.  Next week we will return to Pine Woods.

Year 5 and 6 have come to the end of their Forest School sessions for this term.  Check back in Term 6 to find out about our Forest School learning.

Today (8/12/15) was our final Forest School session for term 3.  Today we took our second visit to our new site - Pine Woods.  We continued to work as a team and finished placing our boundary line (our boundary line is a rope placed around the outside of our site. It marks the area we are allowed to explore freely and the areas which are only accessible with adults.)  We also placed logs to form our seating circle for group and snack time. 

Our new site - Pine Woods

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Our new site - Pine Woods 2
Our new site - Pine Woods 3
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Our new site - Pine Woods 5
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Today (4/12/15) was the first visit to our new Forest School site!  We were all very excited to reach ‘Pine Woods’ after a short coach journey and walk.  This week, we showed fantastic team work and perseverance by helping to make our session safe for all users by adding our boundary line.  Working in two groups the children worked hard to place a rope around the outside of the site (all children who attend Forest School learn not to cross the boundary line unless accompanied by an adult).  This was a tricky task as we found the branches of the trees did slightly get in the way!  After all our hard work we enjoyed hot chocolate and a biscuit before returning to school.

As part of ‘Takeover Day’ the children became adults and led our Forest School learning.  Today we headed off to Clifton Hampden Heath and used the edge of the woods to build a Roman town.  Working in groups we used natural resource to great three dimensional building and animals.

Takeover Day - 20/11/15

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Takeover Day - 20/11/15

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Takeover Day 20/11/15

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Takeover Day 20/11/15

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Today (13/11/15) was our first Forest School; the sky was clear yet a fierce wind meant it was rather chilly.  Today we visited Culham Airfield and took part in a scavenger hunt: 18 autumnal items made up a list of curious items to collect.  We enjoyed hot chocolate and a biscuit - which was much needed.  Finally we identified as many items as possible using our various identification charts and books.

Year 5 and 6 will begin their Forest School for 2015-2016 in term 2 if you would like to view last years Forest School please click on the following link: http://www.clifton-hampden.oxon.sch.uk/years-5-and-6/ 

 

Please check back here next term to see our learning.