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Forest School

We are lucky at Waberthwaite C of E Primary School to be able to offer our pupils the opportunity to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through regular hands-on learning experiences in a beautiful woodland setting.


Class 2 have a Great Fire!

This is Class 2's second visit to the forest this half term and today we used our topic The Great Fire of London to scaffold our trip. We all had a go at lighting a fire using a flint and steel; we had to persevere but we all managed to set light to a fluffy piece of cotton wool in the end. The Great Fire of London occurred after a very hot, dry summer, so we experimented with dry and wet wood to see which we thought burnt better. We used Mrs Kirky's blowing ability to witness for ourselves what happens to fire in wind; The Great Fire of London spread so far and so well because of the wind that London experienced over the 4 days of the Great fire. Mrs Kirky disappeared in a plume of smoke and was licked by roaring flames proving that a fire becomes fiercer in windy conditions. 

It is believed that the Great Fire of London started on Pudding Lane in Mr Thomas Farriner's bakery. He was using a wood fired oven to make bread and a stray spark caused the fire to start, it quickly spread from house to house. We had a go at baking our own damper bread on our open fire, it was delicious. As a treat for working so hard this half term in Class 2 we also enjoyed popping popcorn on our fire and making hot chocolate using a Kelly Kettle. 

We had a great morning!


Class 1 Forest School

Class 1 had a fantastic time in the forest this afternoon. They discovered some charcoal from a previous group's fire and had a go at using it to draw with and then everyone cooked some damper bread on the campfire and enjoyed it with some tasty jam.

It really was a lovely afternoon and a well deserved treat for everyone.

Many of the children said how much they loved the damper bread and would like to have a go at cooking some on a campfire with their families at home over the summer hols. There are many different recipes but the one we use is 500 g self-raising flour, 75 g caster sugar, 200 ml water. Mix together the sugar and flour and then add the water, stir and knead until it forms a dough. You then need to roll it into a long thin sausage and wrap it around a stick. It needs to be cooked for about 10 minutes. We usually put jam in ours once we've slid it off the stick but you can add chocolate spread or even substitute the sugar for Parmesan cheese or add some herbs. If you have a go at cooking damper bread at home please send your photos and tasty ideas into school! Have fun!


Today we have mostly eaten!!

As a special treat, class 3 spent the whole day in the forest today. After everyone had had a go at lighting a fire with a flint and steel we all did some serious campfire cooking! For morning snack we cooked damper bread on sticks and enjoyed it with a jammy filling, we washed our damper bread down with hot juice prepared using our Kelly Kettles. For lunch we cooked sausages and burgers with slow baked chocolaty bananas for pudding. To finish our treat day off we toasted marshmallows. It was a great day to relax, explore, learn new skills and make new discoveries in the forest. A well deserved treat for a very hardworking class of pupils and staff.


Class 1 Forest School

We had a fantastic morning exploring the forest. We played games and climbed trees, created muddy faces and Happa Zome prints. 


Class 2 Forest School

We had a great morning in the forest trying out the Japanese art of Hapa Zome which means 'leaf dye'. We also did some weaving, whittling, den making, tree climbing and we made mud pies. A well earned morning out of the classroom enjoying some fresh air and sunshine.


Class 2 Forest School

Today we spent a wonderfully sunny afternoon looking for signs of Spring and studying the plants that grow in our woods. We looked closely at the plant diversity and considered why certain plants grow in certain areas of the forest.

On our way down to the forest we chose 3 lines on the palms of our hand to highlight with pen. We then looked for similar lines in nature as we made our way through the field and down the track.

We can't wait to go to the forest again!


Class 1 Forest School

The woodland fairies needed our help! Their houses had experienced some storm damage and they were expecting visitors. We helped them by building some new fairy houses. We had a very muddy but very fun trip to the forest!


Land Art

This afternoon we created some art using the forest as our inspiration.


Today it was the turn of year four and the year five girls to visit the forest. A great time was had by all!


It was really great to visit the forest today...the first time for a long time. Year six and the year five boys spent time exploring all of their favourite parts of the woods. Our camp fire marshmallows went down extremely well too!