What a wonderful week. The sun shone and we avoided the mud by working in the garden and the pond area. We planted potatoes, beetroot, parsnips and carrots and searched or pond for creatures. We were amazed to find two species of newt and a rather large frog.
Planting began this week as the children made pots from newspaper and planted spinach seeds and prepared pots for plants that will germinate in the greenhouse. Children chose different activities this week; willow weaving, pruning, wood chip spreading and stick collecting read for our wood pile. They also worked together find and collect wool worms and tie them to a stick (this was rather tricky!).
The wet weather has led to some very muddy sessions but the children worked together to collect and spread wood chippings to soak up some of the mud and water.
The Year 5s have been enjoying their time outside during Forest School; exploring our school grounds, searching for signs of spring and preparing our raised beds ready for a fruitful harvest later in the year. It has been great to see the children coming alive and ‘getting stuck in’ whilst out in the fresh air. Their resilience, confidence and teamwork build week on week and their natural curiosity has lead us to ask some very interesting questions.
Work has begun on own willow dome. The children pruned our existing willow arch/tunnel and planted the branches to create a new living shelter. Some of the branches have already taken root and the finished product will be amazing.
Year 5s First Forest School, Trimming our Willow Arch and planting a Willow Dome