ACE Forest School Rangers

Thank you to all the children who have applied to become an ACE Forest School Ranger. We are so impressed by the level of interest and the quality of applications. The Forest School team are busy working our way through these and will announce the appointed Rangers by Friday 30th April.

ACE Forest School Rangers

The forest school team are launching an exciting new opportunity for KS1 and KS2! We would like to appoint a group of ‘ACE Forest School Rangers’ to join our team. ACE Forest School Rangers will share their ideas and help to make decisions about forest school, look after our school grounds and get involved in special projects.


Would you like to become an ACE Forest School Ranger? Simply send an email telling us why you would be good at this role to forestschool@allertonceprimary.com before Friday 23rd April. You can include a video, letter, poster etc. Be creative, but most of all be you! We can’t wait to hear from you!

Building a hedgehog home

Continuing on with our animal habitats theme, class 2A took part in an excellent team building activity and made a hedgehog home behind their classroom. They used a wooden crate, some old tree branches which they needed to tie together and then added leaves and grass cuttings to insulate it. This will also provide some good camouflage when the leaves grow back on the bushes. We will add a shallow dish of water and some food in hope of inviting a hedgehog to move in! Watch this space for updates…

Animal habitats

In forest school over the last few weeks KS1 have continued to learn about Spring and animal habitats by going on a bug hunt and exploring they changes of Spring. They have learnt some interesting facts about the bugs they found and have even used their acting skills create a have a game called ‘guess the insect’. The Y2 children also made some pretty outdoor decorations using willow and wool. This really challenged the children as they practiced their knot tying skills!

Animal Tracking

Last week the children were asked to think about the wildlife living in their gardens and local woodland. They used their detective skills to investigate which animals had visited by looking for animal tracks. We identified birds, horses, dogs, foxes and even a deer! From looking at the pictures clues below, can you match the tracks to the animals?

Animal Habitats

This week in forest school we have been noticing the signs of Spring and looking at animal habitats as many animals prepare for their babies to arrive. Children have been spotting and making different animal habitats during their walks. Karrem (Y2) watched a swan building a nest and spotted lots of mole hills! Ellie (Y2) discovered a natural hedgehog home and then decided to make her own in her garden. Mr Magnall shared a video of the changes happening in his frog pond, where he counted 40 frogs busily preparing for Spring!  https://forest.aceprimary.uk/2021/02/28/monsters-in-the-swamp/

Spotting the signs of Spring

As the season is starting to change and the weather is warming up (a little), this week’s whole school challenge is to notice the signs of Spring. This is a very exciting time of year, when we notice so much more ‘life’ appearing around us! This spotter sheet will give you some good ideas of what to look out for. What else have you noticed?

Please leave a comment or send us an email at: forestschool@allertonceprimary.com

Animal Tracking

Moving on from our tree identification, we have started to think about why trees are so important. One crucial factor is that they support wildlife by providing food, shelter and habitats.

This week’s whole school challenge is to become super nature detectives and get animal tracking! Take a walk in your garden or local area and see if you can spot any animal tracks. Can you figure out who the tracks belong to? This tick sheet will help you.

The printable version can be found here http://www.treetoolsforschools.org.uk/activities/pdfs/pdf_animal_tracks_spotter_sheet.pdf

To extend your knowledge you could find out more about the animal you have identified. Do some research on the internet or from a book. You could produce a fact sheet, poster or PowerPoint presentation to record your findings.

Our Forest school groups have been thinking about ways to support the wildlife in our gardens or local woodland. A few weeks ago we made birdfeeders, below are some other ideas for birdfeeders that you can make at home.

You could also leave out shallow dishes of water for thirsty nocturnal visitors.

Another exciting way of helping wildlife is by building an animal habitat! Here are some ideas to help you:

A hedgehog home
A winter den
A frog pond
A bug hotel


We can’t wait to see what you get up to!
Please send your pictures or videos to forestschool@allertonceprimary.com

Winter Tree ID

Here is a reminder of our whole school challenge this week:

This week’s whole school challenge is a winter tree ID. Can you take this sheet with you to help you identify the trees in your garden or local area? How many different trees can you find? How do they support the wildlife in the area?

What else could you find out about the trees you identify? Use a book or the internet to research one. Perhaps you could design a leaflet or a fact sheet on paper or using the computer. Could you create a model, collage, painting or picture of a particular tree?

here is a printable version:
http://www.treetoolsforschools.org.uk/activities/pdfs/pdf_winter_tree_spotter_sheet.pdf

Please send your pictures or videos for us to share to forestschool@allertonceprimary.com