Staplegrove Church School

'That they may have life, life in all its fullness' John 10:10

Our Forest School Archive: 2016-2017

Welcome to Forest School!  Please visit this page to see copies of letters that have been sent out, dates and photos of what we have been up to.

Last week of Forest School

As it was our last week at Forest School we collected lots of wood for a fire.  Then we cooked popcorn!  We thought about all the things we had learnt and remembered some of the fun things we have done.

Today we made trees!


Last week a tree had to be cut down from the Nuffield hospital site, and it felt a bit bare.  We decided to paint some new trees, and used our hands and feet as well as brushes!

Magic wands, magic recipes and magic potions!

We used a fire steel to make a fire

In small groups, the children used a fire steel to make a small fire.  Initially setting fire to a piece of cotton wool.  Next they added Vaseline to another piece of cotton wool, which allowed them to add small amounts of fuel.


During this activity the children had to:

  • remember the safety protocols
  • use team working skills including taking turns and talking to each other
  • deal with set backs and persevere to achieve the desired outcome
  • help each other and celebrate success.


And it was great fun too!

Fire safety - 17th January 2017

During this session the children were shown how to safely light and extinguish a candle using a match. This activity was done one-to-one with an adult. The purpose of the activity was to:

  • help develop resilience, as many children find this action quite hard to master
  • help develop listening skills and following multi-part instructions, and
  • give children an understanding of the safety measures needed around matches, candles and fire.


The activity is a precursor to using a fire steel.

This week we made pictures using leaves - we worked with a partner

We collected leaves and used them creatively

We played a game with sticks!

This game helps children learn about co-operation, communication and perseverance.  It's also good fun!