At Yealand C of E Primary School outdoor education is a key part of our timetable. Living in such beautiful surroundings the children are in the enviable position of being able to take full advantage of our own forest school site. We use the site all year round, in all weathers. Our children are given the time and space to develop skills, interests and understanding through a range of activities which provide hands on experiences in a natural environment. Anything from making flower crowns and building dens are on the menu for our younger children whilst our older children experience using tools, practicing knots to cooking on the campfire.

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Academic Year 19-20

Autumn 2019

During this season our Little Owls and Robin children have been exploring the changes in the woods. We have loved making pictures using natural objects and particularly collecting lots of different coloured leaves.

 Winter 2019/2020

During this season we were all making objects using natural materials from our site to sell at our annual Christmas fayre. Little Owls and Robins made some Christmas tree decorations and Swallows made some reindeers.

For part of this season our amazing forest school site was being built to make it more permanent. We have also been making lots of things with sticks.

Summer 2020

Unfortunately, this year we have not had the opportunity to use the site with all of our children due to partial school closure however the children who were in school have managed to explore the site and make dens.

Click on the link to find out what the children have been up to this Autumn – Autumn in the Forest

Views on our Forest School by the children

‘I like toasting marshmallows over the fire!’

‘ I like building things like dens and minibeast houses.’

‘I love forest school because I like mud and having hot chocolate in the winter.’

‘We learn about minibeasts and look for signs of spring.’

‘I like using the Bowsaw to cut wood.’

‘Forest School lets you get close to nature.’

‘I like making things to sell at the Christmas fair.’

Forest School Leader – Mrs Kirsty Beswetherick