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Welcome to Forest School.

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Welcome to Forest School.

At the top are the pages are lots of activities that you can try at home. If you carry on scrolling down you can see photos from previous sessions.


Mrs Leadley and the Forest School team.

​​​​​​​Forest School activities that you can try at home.

  • The Forest School team are really missing our sessions but we're thankful that we can still do lots of things outside in the garden. If you are looking for some activities to do in your own green space then try some of these. 

    Mrs Leadley and the Forest School Staff.

Friday Forest School Key worker's pod.

We're excited to announce that our Forest School has branched out to owning five hammocks!

The children have learnt how to put them up themselves but can only go in them once Mrs Leadley has tested them!

We start the session with some'Hammock mindfulness' and finish with collective storytelling. Watch this space to find out what else we've been up to.

Picture 1 Our new hammocks.
Picture 2 Finding a shield bug.
Picture 3 Isn't it beautiful?
Picture 4 Storytelling.
Picture 5 We made our own games.
Picture 6 Making ink for our homemade quills.
Picture 7 Trying out our quills.
Picture 8 'Loggie' the Log.
Picture 9 Using a wire saw.
Picture 10 Forest School TV.
Picture 11 Setting up shop.
Picture 12 Making Forest School tokens.
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Met Office activities.

Fancy a go at cloud spotting? This will give you some good ideas.

Follow the link for some more activities.

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Follow this link for lots of super activities from the RSPB.
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Activities from The Woodland Trust.

Fancy making a boat to sail in the park or go butterfly spotting? Maybe you want to explore how nature changes as we go into summer? Click on this link for lots of great activities.


Woody facts and activities from Forestry England.

Follow the link to find out more about how trees are used.

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The 8th June is the World Oceans Day. There are lots of fun activities, videos and resources to access to teach us all about how we should look after the water on our planet.

Please send me an email with what you have found out or to show me your work.

Take care,

Mrs Leadley

A recipe for preserving children!
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Can you take part in 30 days wild?

Look at the 30 days wild activity pack and see how many activities you can tick off.

Send me an email to tell me how you're getting on.

Stay wild!

Mrs Leadley

If your grown ups need some wild time, why don't you show them the next link so that they can enjoy nature and be calm and peaceful when working from home!
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Activities from Wild Days and Earthwatch Europe.

I shall be bringing you lots of activities from Wild Days which think about all sorts of natural and Geographical activities. The first theme is 'Islands.' There is an activity for each day of the week. Please send pictures of your work or your ideas to your year group email addresses. I look forward to seeing what you have been up to.

Stay wild!

Mrs Leadley

Activities from The Wild Network.

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National Geographic free digital magazine for children.

National Geographic free digital magazine for children.


You can now read past and current issues of this magazine for free on your screen. Let me know what you find interesting!

Take care,

Mrs Leadley

          Have you ever set yourself a challenge?

Have a go at some of these and see what you can achieve before you're 11 and 3/4.

What can you tick off doing in the garden or park?

Fancy entering a competition? How good are you at bug hunting?

Click on the link to find out more.

Free membership to Outdoor Learning Made Easy.

Follow the link to to your free membership. You can then access lots of activities to do outside in your green space.

What is Forest School?


Forest School originated in Denmark as a method of teaching children within a wooded setting. Through exploration, play and child-lead activity your children will undertake learning and exploration opportunities in a non-formal environment, focusing on creative and linguistic expressions of their learning.  We are very lucky here at Blackwood as our school is set in the middle of woodland and provides access to several areas within the school site within which, our sessions take place.

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As a member of The Forest School Association, we endeavour to follow the main Forest School ideals. Here is a video from Matt Harder (FSA Director) to explain what Forest School is all about.

Forest School is an important part of our curriculum giving Blackwood pupils a unique educational experience using the outdoor environment of the forest as a classroom. Forest School activities are arranged for primarily, Year Four children but can be extended to other year groups. We are lucky enough to have a fantastic eco-garden on our site which provides a contrasting habitat to enhance our studies. Forest School is led by Mrs Leadley, one of our own teachers and a qualified level 3 Forest School Leader.  Mrs Leadley is supported by our loyal volunteers, Mr Davies and Mrs Sandland and Miss Taylor.

Picture 1 Weaving.
Picture 2 More weaving.
Picture 3 Using the saw horse.
Picture 4 Planting trees.
Picture 5 Team-building.
Picture 6 Friends.
Picture 7 Planting for the future.
Picture 8 Earth stars
Picture 9 Helping each other.
Picture 10 Den-building.
Picture 11 Just chilling.
Picture 12 Candlesnuff fungi.
Picture 13 Jelly ear fungi.
Picture 14 Wax caps.
Picture 15 More Jelly ear.
Picture 16 Watching the leaves grow.
Picture 17 Nature ID
Picture 18 This is hard work!
Picture 19 Action shot. Tools at the ready!
Picture 20 Making dens in the rain.
Picture 21 We all have different designs.
Picture 22 Tree cookie Christmas baubles.
Picture 23 Drilling conkers.
Picture 24 Friends.
Picture 25 Decorating our Christmas tree.
Picture 26 This is Logo. Like Lego but made of logs.
Picture 27 Using the tippy tap to wash our hands.
Picture 28 Building a children's nest.
Picture 29 Forest school binoculars.
Picture 30 Potions.
Picture 31 Tree guardians using clay.
Picture 32 What have we found?
Picture 33 Chrystal brain fungus. Look but don't touch!
Picture 34 Nature photography by our children.
Picture 35 Teamwork.
Picture 36 Miniature den-building.
Picture 37 Halloween turnips
Picture 38 Carved with peelers.
Picture 39 Scary!
Picture 40 Fly agaric. Look but don't touch.
Picture 41 Jelly ear.
Picture 42 Sticks have two ends. Look behind you!
Picture 43 Using the drill and jig.
Picture 44 Framed artwork.
Picture 45 Nature observation.
Picture 46 Toffee apples on the fire.
Picture 47 Gross motor skills on the slack line.
Picture 48 Can you make it across without wobbling?
Picture 49 Can't wait for mine!
Picture 50 Hi!
Picture 51 Working together.
Picture 52 Hello Mrs Sandland.
Picture 53 Working in any weather.
Picture 54 It's fun!
Picture 55 The wind anemometer. How fast is the wind gusting?
Picture 56 Just tired!
Picture 57 Can you see us?
Picture 58 Here we are!
Picture 59 Using the wire saw.
Picture 60 Just tree hugging!
Picture 61 Chasing tails.
Picture 62 Can you catch me?
Picture 63 Oops!
Picture 64 Look what I made.
Picture 65 Can you tell that I'm having fun???
Picture 66 Conker crown.
Picture 67 I drilled these myself.
Picture 68 Worm charming championships. We found three!
Picture 69 We made this maze. Can you do it?

Log of House Points

  • Maple 7819
  • Beech 7542
  • Oak 7651