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'Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.'  Forest School Association


For more information please see the Forest School Association's website: www.forestschoolassociation.org


Mr Vyle will be keeping us up to date with all the wild and wonderful activities that take place over the year.




Cozy Camps

Well done to everyone for remembering their kit on a different day. Forest School will be back to Wednesday next week. We spent a bit more time practicing knots again this week. We used the knots to tie up some hammocks so that we could have a good den. The hammocks were great to use as swings too.

Instead of using the storm kettles, this week we took the fire pit. After making sure that the ground was protected we lit a fire. Sam, Oli, Hannah and Flynn had to learn how to use a bow saw properly so that they could cut up logs. When we put out the fire we found that we had some charcoal left. Oli made a great mixture with the water and charcoal that the children used to decorate their faces. Alfie thought he looked like Luigi! 


Super Sliders

Another gorgeous day in the Dene full of adventures and daring do. We started the session by making a HUGE  pile of leaves and jumping into them. Next the children made some pictures of what they thought about Forest School, some children wanted to stick their pictures with glue, whilst others wanted to continue to use ropes. Mr. Vyle worked with the children who wanted to use the ropes while Ms. Gibson helped the artists and made some warming drinks.

The children were fantastic finding ways to use the ropes. By the end of the session they had a tightrope walk and a zip wire! These ideas come from the children and by working together they were able to overcome problems and find fantastic solutions.

Don't forget that Forest School is on Tuesday next week.

1/11/17 - Year 2

Finding Bears

One of the things that I love about Forest School is the way in which the curriculum evolves to suit the needs of the children. At the start of the morning I had thought that we would be learning how to us rope to make bridges and swings. As we started the walk the children started to play in the mud, this led to us all repeating the Bear Hunt story. Children then found different animal prints. One child thought that there could be bears in  the wood. We decided that the perhaps we could use the ropes to make a bear trap. I gave out the ropes and split the children into groups. When I asked Ms. Gibbson how things were going I found that the children had found they needed to organise into larger groups in order to get everything done. Not only did the children learn  about using ropes they also had a valuable lesson about cooperation and team work.

We also managed to fit in a cup of hot chocolate, make a fire and reflect upon our time in the wood.

24/10/17 - 25/10/17

Laying Sleepers

Todayd staff continued to work on the school Forest School site. The job for today was putting in the sleepers so that we can level the area a bit before putting down some bark chippings. Mr. Vyle got very excited by putting the sleepers level, can’t see him doing much lifting though.

Here comes the Gravel

Another day at the school Forest School site. Mr. Leiper was on a mission to complete the ground works today. He spent all morning moving a tonne of gravel while Mr. Vyle hammered in stakes and made sure everything looked lovely. In the afternoon they put in the fire pit and found some helpers to try it out with some marshmallows. A bit more levelling and the site is all ready for some wood chips.


Mud and Marshmallows 


We had had a cracking last day in the woods today despite the weather. Pupils made dens to keep out of the rain and I think you’ll agree that they were fantastic.  Some pupils wanted to stay closer to the fire so they prepared the hot chocolate and made the sticks that we used to melt the marshmallows. We used a timber hitch to tie rope, I call it a snake’s head knot as I think it looks like a snake’s head.On the way back we spent time exploring puddles. 


Forest Camp

This week we spent the whole of the session in Walbottle Dene. The Dene has nice oak trees, we spent some time getting to know them and then we made some camps. This week we used the hammocks and a large tarpaulin. Some of the children decided they wanted to make some hot chocolate instead. When the drink was ready we stopped and used the big shelter as our den. The rain held off right up until we started to pack up. Luckily all the children have good water proofs so no one got too wet.


Robin Wood

We did something a bit different today. Ms. Hainsworth said she would be doing some work on Robin Hood, so we at Forest School joined in. We used a variety of tools to cut, shape and fashion some excellent bows and arrows. The children learned about the willow tree and some of its uses. We all still wanted to go to the dean so we set off. Abigail took us on an adventure which stretched us all but everyone made it safely, if slightly out of breath. We practiced using the flint and steel and making dens.


A Change of Plan

Today we had planned to do some berry art. When we got to the dene the children saw that the stream had not as much water in. They all wanted to explore the stream. We got out some rope, found good walking sticks and set off on an adventure. On the way we found tiny water snails, a trolls bridge and used a snake head knot and a clove hitch. Not bad considering that we still had time to make hot chocolate, have a biscuit and find all the most muddy spots. 

New Forest School 13/09/17

Year 3 pupils started their 6 weeks of Forest School today. We made bracelets, our own blackberry drink and undertook act of daring do.  Not many children liked the drink so hot chocolate next week. Everybody loved climbing so we will defiantly be doing more of that


29/05/17 Newburn Mystery

Finished the strimming and then I went around and found all these secret paths. Lots of 'stingers' so long trousers needed. What will we find around the corners?

Secret Paths.mp4

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28/0517 Trees are growing

Everything thing seems to jump up in spring and the wood area is no different. That means lots of stinging nettles competing with our saplings. Time for some strimming. To finish up we'll need some volunteers to help rake the area. The poles are there to hang a tarp for shelter for our fire pit.

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A great day planting hedges and trees in the new Newburn Manor Forest School area. We had fantastic help from year 6 children; Adam, Hazel, Jack, Molly and Sam who worked extremely hard all morning, and a thank you to Emma and Wendy for their continued support.
Starting on the school forest site in anticipation of 100+ trees and shrubs being delivered in November. A big thank you to Mr Leiper for all the coffee and fellow worker, Don. Some of you might remember him from previous Forest Schools.


Great fun building dens again. We learnt about bow saws today.


Today we built dens and made pictures.

We had a great time adventuring up the stream and then making blackberry juice. Yum!
Year 2 explore the woods as Newburn Manor Primary starts Forest School.

Putting up shelters was important if we were to keep dry