Welcome to Long Crendon’s Forest School

Forest School during lockdown:

I know that many children love getting outdoors and look forward to different Forest School activities each week. Some of you have been kind enough to tell me that you’re missing forest school and would like some ideas for nature based things to have a go at while you’re stuck at home in the garden, or when you go for a walk. Below are just a few websites you might like to have a look at for some seasonal activity and craft ideas. If you get a chance to have a go at any of them I would be delighted to hear about it, or you can send me a picture to show off what you’ve been doing! I’m looking after Forest School until you get back to school and can’t wait to see you all again.

Best Wishes, Mrs Berrell dberrell@longcrendon.bucks.sch.uk

General Family friendly (KS1 and KS2) seasonal outdoor learning and craft activities: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/categories/children-and-families/

Another KS1/KS2 general nature based resource site with more focus on Forest School type activities: http://www.treetoolsforschools.org.uk/categorymenu/?cat=activities

Tree ID guides (by leaf, winter twig, blossom/catkin, or fruit/seed): https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2020/03/tree-id-kids/

All about birds and other nature based family friendly activities: https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-families/family-wild-challenge/activities/

The Royal Forestry Society have released a new handbook that enables children at home or in schools to earn a Junior Forester Award. Info can be downloaded and accessed for free: https://www.rfs.org.uk/learning/teaching-trees-age-3-14/junior-forester-award/

All About Forest School

All children in years 1 to 5 at Long Crendon School attend regular Forest School sessions with Mrs Berrell, our Level 3 trained Forest School Leader. Half class Forest School sessions continue throughout the year, each child gets to attend a session every other week.

Sessions combine Forest School practices with child led outdoor learning, aiming to support the curriculum, and give all children a chance to explore and embed different concepts and classroom learning in a practical way. 

Forest School sessions give children the chance to get closer to nature and consolidate classroom learning by drawing on their cross-curricular knowledge to solve practical problems and complete creative tasks. The boost to self esteem, self-confidence and independent problem solving that children gain from learning in this way is well documented and has been used successfully to support holistic learning in Primary Schools across the UK for many years.

The Forest School site at Long Crendon School is slowly turning into an oasis for our native wildlife. All children, staff, adult volunteers and Mrs Berrell have worked hard to turn the children’s site development ideas into reality. We have planted, built, installed, and created a raft of different features that enrich our Forest School experience. We now have different habitat zones that are designed to attract a wide variety of wildlife to our site, we have climbing logs, a large digging pit, a sensory planting area, a base camp with a permanent fire pit, we have planted over 400 saplings (kindly donated by the Woodland Trust) and have created a mini orchard.

These are a few of the things children have had a go at during Forest School Sessions:

Cooking on the fire pit, ‘Long Crendon’s Got Talent’ shows, den building, nature spotting, making bird feeders, planting bulbs and tree seeds, creating sculptures, using tools to make useful things, setting up experiments, identifying winter twigs, making bird hides, mapping out a life size Celtic round house and a Roman villa, building a reptile habitat, designing a bat box, playing team games, tree climbing, planting and looking after allotment beds, orienteering, and getting muddy!

Here are links to some useful documents:

All about ticks-and-lymes-disease
Blank Medical Consent Form

Forest School Site Plan.