The children in Year 3 to 7 in the Prep School were treated to a special Forest School Morning during which they took part in a succession of exciting activities set in different locations in our extensive grounds (see Forest School Morning map). Pupils relished the opportunity to integrate with different year groups, as their rotated round activities in House groups of mixed age. Artist Jess Perry kindly came in to work with the children to do some outdoor casting, using plaster and clay to make some woodland faces. The fantastic results are on display in Donkey Pen woods.

All of the children had the opportunity to participate in selection of activities, including: making a pizza using our Forest School pizza oven, creating a name necklace out of wood and using a palm drill to make the hole for the string, and working with visiting artist Jess Perry to make clay faces.

Some of the children were also able to take part in the following activities: working in teams to put up a tent together and/or build dens; bird watching/identification and bug hunting/identification; pond dipping at our School wildlife pond.

To refuel after an exciting morning, all of the children enjoyed a BBQ lunch together.

Shai M (Year 5): “It was amazing! I liked digging holes and putting clay in for the casting. The pond dipping was good too.”
Charles B (Year 3): “It was really fun. I liked the pizza oven activity, we were telling stories whilst we were eating it.”
Sofia H (Year 3): “I liked bird watching. I liked going across the field to see what the birds were and what colours they were.”

As Year 8 were on a trip as part of their Leavers’ Programme, they enjoyed their own Forest School morning the day before. They cooked pizzas, built dens, took part in blindfolded trust challenges, bug hunted, and made clay creatures and name necklaces.