Wednesday 10th February 2021
The last week of half term and sadly it is also the final week for my little group out in the garden. It has been amazing and I'm sure none of us will forget just how much we have enjoyed ourselves. I think the photos from this week speak for themselves and show just how much we have all gained as a group. I couldn't have hoped for a better group of pupils and staff. Have a lovely half term holiday and don't forget to enjoy the great outdoors.
Wednesday 3rd February 2021
It's been another action packed week out in the garden with my amazing little gang. On Monday we planned, designed and then completed our very own SAS assault course and everyone showed just how resilient and determined they are becoming. We all helped and supported each other and everyone completed the assault course in truly record breaking times. I can honestly say it was the best P.E lesson I have ever been involved in and it was a credit to my great team of staff and the amazing pupils in my bubble, who seem to grow in strength and confidence every week. The weather on Monday only added to how great a day we had, so who would have guessed that by Wednesday we would be playing in the snow. I think the pictures this week really do speak for themselves and the children's enjoyment is there for all to see.
Friday 29th January 2021
The rain stopped at last, at least for a few days, and we enjoyed some cold frosty mornings. The pupils took advantage of the cold conditions to investigate their own ready made science laboratory exploring the properties of frozen water and observing what happens when ice begins to melt. Each child now has their own country walking stick, for which they are responsible for looking after and using appropriately. These sticks have served a variety of purposes, and we've invented our own unique sport of stick hockey which all the boys are excelling in. We are developing a real team spirit and our resilience grows day by day as we ascended our very own mountain and worked together to create a 5 star Hedgehog House, to hopefully get some of our small mammalian visitors through these bleak winter months. It was also great to see that we are already attracting a variety of common garden birds to our new feeding station, including Robins, Wrens and Blue Tits. It has been inspirational to see the children tallying these birds and to recognise the characteristics that make them all unique. All goes to show that the best way to learn is through practical, hands on experience in nature.
Thursday 21st January 2021
It's been another great week, despite the awful weather. Winter is a hard time for everyone, not least the animals that visit our garden and which are so important to our world. To give these creatures a helping hand we have been creating new habitats, including a bird feeding area worthy of The Yorkshire Sculpture park. The feeding area is directly outside our new garden classroom and we linked it in with forest school literacy and numeracy, listening to a story about birds and keeping a tally of the types of birds and the numbers that have been visiting. In just one day of the feeding station being built we have seen robins, blue tits and blackbirds. I think that they must all be tweeting each other!
In addition to feeding the bird we have made a bug hotel and a new wormery with a glass front so pupils can observe the activity under the soil. Insects are a vital part of the ecosystem and the food chain, so as an eco-school we are always looking for new ways to encourage them into the garden. It all goes to show that even when it's raining there are plenty of important jobs that can be done in the garden.
Friday 15th January 2021
In our first week, Highbury's Forest School group have achieved so much. We began the week creating a new area, we've called 'The Swamp', and the sound of laughter and squelching mud could be heard all over the garden. We've turned a slippery slope into steps to walk down, listened to an African folk tale about 'How The Tortoise Got His Shell' and planted leeks in the poly-tunnel. Everyone gave their all, including my great staff team, and we can't wait for next week - whatever the weather brings!