Woodland Wind-chimes

What is that sound in the woods? The children have made some eye catching wooden wind-chimes! They began by using acrylic paint to decorate their sticks with colourful patterns. When the paint had dried the children added some string to hang them with. This involved learning how to tie a knot for many children. They worked in teams and helped each other. They showed great resilience and teamwork!

Each stick was tied to a branch in our woodland area. When the wind blows the sticks knock into each other, producing a beautiful percussion sound.

Magic Sticks

The KS1 Forest School groups created magic sticks using paint and natural materials that they had collected. They carefully tied on each item using pipe cleaners before their magic wand, sword or broomstick came to life!

Rainy Days in Forest School

This half term we experienced lots of rainy afternoons! Thankfully we have our large wooden shelter to work in if it gets too wet outside.

The 2S group created some lovely Spring nature pictures using wooden prints and paint.

One chilly afternoon the 1E group were exploring the new nature area when we noticed raindrops plopping into the pond. As we headed toward the shelter the rain began to fall heavily and a storm broke out! The group excitedly watched the heavy rainfall whilst listening to the thunder. We concentrated on the sound of the raindrops on the wooden roof and noticed the ripples created when the large raindrops landed in the puddles on the playground. We then tried to replicated the sound of the storm using percussion instruments and added movement to keep ourselves warm. What a fun afternoon we had!

Nature Art Using Sticks and Stones

KS1 had lots of fun creating pictures of living creatures using woodland materials. Look at how detailed and creative they turned out to be:

Here class 1E have created butterfly using different leaves to add texture to the wings
The boys group made a human skeleton. Notice the fingers, toes and pine cone knee caps!
1C decided to make fantastic human skeletons. I love that they have added ribs!
This group added a letter A to represent both of their first names. Super team work!
Here we have some more brilliant human skeletons from class 2A
The boys group in 2C created a beautifully detailed spider together. They then had time to produce a picture of anything they wanted. Do you recognise the characters they have created?
Class 2S produced a colourful butterfly and another super human skeleton.

KS1 Mini beast hunt

The KS1 forest school groups kicked off the term with a mini beast hunt. We discussed seasonal changes such as longer days, warmer weather and the appearance of more birds and bugs. We also noticed tree buds and new spring flowers.

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!