Forest School and PE
Thursday 26th May 2022
We have had a brilliant time this week in Health Week. The children have been able to participate in a range of activities including; Martial Arts, Morris Dancing, Rugby and Quidditch. All the organisations have said what a credit the children were and how brilliant they have been throughout the activities. They have also participated in the field events including; javelin, ball bounce, beanbag throw, high jump and long jump. They have all worked really hard and achieved so much this week. Although the weather caused our races to be postponed, we look forward to welcoming you on the 23rd June.
In Forest School, we have been looking at improving our shelter; creating landscape art inspired by Andy Goldsworthy. Stag Class even got to extend their fire work skills by lighting their own fires and toasting a marshmallow. The children have loved pond dipping for newts and discussing life cycles. We also made some jubilee art to honour the Queen. Well done!
Friday 21st January 2022
We have had a great start in PE this term. Our sport focus is gymnastics and the children are really enjoying it. We have already been introduced to a range of skills across the school including working with apparatus, balancing, co-ordinating our bodies and performing basic movements such as cartwheels. Our Sports leaders have also started assisting with clubs which is amazing — they are well on their way to becoming confident sport leaders.
In Forest School we have been looking at improving our shelter with Stag Class who are beginning to use a friction hitch to create a base for their tarp shelters. Hedgehog Class have had the opportunity to transfer their knowledge of the outdoors into their curriculum, as they are discovering different seasons; and Owl class have made some tomato pasta sauce over the fire to share on their starry night adventure!
Friday 17th December 2021
We have had a fantastic month with lots of learning in PE and Forest School. In PE, KS2 have continued to develop their basketball skills and have made brilliant progress. Whilst Hedgehogs have experienced PE linked to their topic of childhood, experiencing some old fashioned playground games, Reception have continued to develop moving our bodies with control.
In Forest School, we have been making Christmas decorations. Stags have used a wood burning pencil, Badgers used saws to create standing characters, Otters have made ribbon trees, Hedgehogs made Reindeer and Owls created wooden ornaments. We have also had some Christmas puddings hiding in our Forest School area which the children have been hunting for which they then traded for a Christmas treat.
Friday 22nd October 2021
We have had a fantastic half term with the children’s PE clubs running well, our aim is to expose children to a range of sports and clubs are a really good way of doing this. We have Football club for children who have up and coming football tournaments in the next half term (watch this space) and some alternative clubs for KS2 including Lacrosse and Ultimate Frisbee. It is our aim this year to get children involved in physical activity and we feel offering unique experiences will provide children with an opportunity to enjoy a sport they may not get elsewhere and hopefully find a new passion (as I did when I was exposed to competitive Tug of War).
In PE this half term we have had a range of opportunities already. Your children performed extremely well in the Golden Mile assessment with stamina increasing across all year groups. A fantastic effort well done to all. We have had a Tag Rugby taster day which I know was very tiring for a lot of children (especially after Magdalen farm) but the children once again shone, so much so that they want to come in again which is a credit to your children. Stag Class took part in a multisport invasion competition at Wellsprings where they took part in 5 different sports including; Tag Rugby, Netball, football, Ultimate Frisbee and Handball and did a fantastic job coming in 3rd place. Overall, in PE your children are thriving this half term and I cannot wait to see what next half term brings.
In Forest School our focus for the term has been resilience and independence the children have already had lots of opportunities to develop these skills. They have been tasked with building shelters, taking considered risk and exploring the outdoors. Some have chosen to learn about pulley systems by exploring our new buckets and collecting water. Most have enjoyed toasting marshmallows and increasing their fire work skills. Stag class have got creative this half term and done fantastic work with Mrs White. Furthermore, lots of them are working together more naturally during the sessions and communicating ideas to each other better than before. I am really proud of all the learning and work they are doing, Keep it up!
Friday 24th September 2021
We have had a great start to the half term. Key Stage 2 have been working on their Tag Rugby skills including passing, defending and holding the ball. Key Stage 1 have been working on sending and returning using kicking, throwing and rolling. We are really lucky to have a sports coaching day on Wednesday 27th September where all classes will have an hours session each—look out for photos on Dojo!
We have been really fortunate with the weather so far and long may it continue. The children have remembered the rules well and have enjoyed exploring the area again, We have even gotten to toast some marshmallows which is always a favourite for the children. We are looking forward to developing resilience and independence this term throughout our sessions.