Y5 have their final forest school session by sharing their experiences of the wild places they have been discovering.

This presentation was written by CK in 5T

The John Muir Award

The John Muir award is an adventure award for when you do, conserving, exploring, discovering and sharing what you did for each wild place. You can do anything for each but it has to with the topic you pick. For sharing you have to make a presentation- it can be any style you like so long as it tells people what you have been doing to get the award. You can then put it online or make a poster to share the information.   

Who was John Muir?

John Muir was an explorer who loved to save wild life and respected it. John Muir was born in Scotland in 1938 his family went to the USA in 1949. John Muir helped with the first national park be made in the world.

Discover a wild place

We went to our local beach, park and the Marsh. These are all good places to discover or you could do a local forest, woods or hills. You can discover any type of area of nature.

Explore it

To explore it you can climb trees, make a den, play a game in a woody area, pond dip, paddling or make stone towers. If you do anything to do with exploring it you can move on to conserve it.

Conserve it

To conserve [which means protect or look after], you could do an OPAL survey. We tested the water in the lake, we did this at the marsh. You can do litter picking -we did this at the park. Or you could do a beach clean at your local beach -we did this too. You can do anything to clean and improve a wild place.

The John Muir Discovery Award

John Muir was an explorer, mountaineer, conservationist, botanist, amateur geologist, environmentalist and writer.

We have been working towards this award by doing different things.

  1. Discovering Wild Places

We have discovered the marsh, the park and the beach

It was wet and muddy fun. 

The beach was very hot and a lot of fun.

  1. Exploring wild places.

We explored these places by playing deer and wolf (a hiding game), climbing trees, paddling in the sea, building a den, doing nature craft like making beads from elder branches and stick weaving, cooking on the fire (we made Chocolate Bannock) and by building sandcastles.

2.  Conserving these places
We helped to conserve them by picking litter in the park and by doing a beach clean.

John Muir would be proud!

This week the Y5 children have all been for a visit to the West Rise adopted beach. We walked the a total of 6KM there and back and the sun certainly treated us to some hot weather! We discovered what was actually a new wild place for many of us and spent 4 hours exploring and adventuring on the beach. The activities included: a sit spot, a beach clean, paddling, skimming stones, stone tower balancing, shell collecting, shell and pebble jewellery, positive affirmation stones, burying each toher in the stones and eating ice-creams. It was a wonderful week; all of Y5 behaved incredibly well and were great ambassadors for the school.

More photos of our wonderfull week – this time from Monday’s class.

Welcome back Year 5 – John Muir Discovery Award

We are excited to announce that the Y5 children are undertaking their John Muir Discovery award this term. It fits nicely with the vibe of forest school and is a nationally recognised nature and conservation award. There are four elements to the award which are: Discover a wild place, explore a wild place, conserve a wild place and to share their experiences. We look forward to sharing what we have done over the next three weeks.

This week we have litter picked the area in front of the marsh where a shocking amount of rubbish had been dumped overthe sunny weekend. We did some citizen science by completing water surveys to see how healthy the lake on the marsh is, we cooked chocolate bannock, hunted for mini beasts and made natural crafts with elder wood. The sun shone and we had a fantastic week!

The Wednesday group’s photos are below.

Wild Beach with Year 6

This week we have had unseasonably wild windy and unpredictable rainy weather. It has been a challenge and has tested our resilience. However, our hardy Year 6 children have been wonderful and really embraced the elements and a new wild place to explore. The real excitement came from the incredible beach treasure we have found over the week. As well as the wild weather, the children showed great perseverence with the 6km walk – they had such positive attitudes throughout and a great sense of fun. We will miss you all and wish all the very best in your next adventures.

Above are our Monday group with a little sunshine, a lot of showers and some fierce wind! Below are our Tuesday group with no sunbut a lot of wild wind.

Below are the photos from our Wednesday group – we had an awesome final day with all our Y6 children.

A brilliant week on the marsh with Y6

This week we have had a very joyful final session on the marsh with each class. They really showed their playful side and their ability to embrace nature and really feeling at home in their wild space. We dug clay from the bank of the lake to model with , as well as to use in making seed bombs. These were great fun as we could throw them on the marsh and some children took them home. We ate bannock expertly prepared by our chefs and cooked over the campfire by a supervised child- evryone agreed they were delicious. Bird watching and crafting were also popular activities.

In the afternoon we returned to the park and fully embraced den building, hiding games and foraging for kindling. It was a great week all round!

Above are photos from Monday’s session and below are photos from Tuesday’s session.

Below are the photos from Wednesday.

A wonderful day with 6P at Forest School

6P really enjoyed the freedom ofbeing back on the marsh together with their class adults. They bug hunted and found lots of different mini beasts as well as a rat’s skul, complete with teeth!

The chefs did a grand job of foraging for stinging nettles and preparing nettle pakoras, whilst others helped fry the pakoras over the campfire. The spear throwing and pond dipping were popular activities and a range of water creatures were caught.

In the afternoon, we visitied the park to play, climb trees make daisy chains, dens and litter pick.Thank you

Marvellous 6M return to the Marsh

What a fantastic day we have enjoyed with 6M at forest school. As you can see from the fantastic photos, which one of the children took, it was a beautiful sunny day and the children and adults really relaxed and played together. The kindness and gentleness between them was a pleasure to see. Some interesting aquatic creatures were found and in the afternoon some beautiful wool stick weavings were made. Thank you 6M for a fabulous day!

6S return to the marsh

Today we enjoyed a gloriously sunny and windy day on the marsh this morning and the park in the afternoon. 6S were delighted to be able to spend all day together at forest school, alongside Ms Somerville and Ms Seath. The wild wind made both cooking and the fire building and lighting a challenge but the children used their team work skills to ensure they succeeded in both.

Lots of different water and land creatures were caught, viewed, identified and respectfully released. The pond dipping and bug hunting were very popular activities. Nettles were foraged and used to make delicious nettle pakoras. Helen has given Ms Somerville the recipe so 6S can cook them at home too. We are looking forward to working together again next Monday.

4M on the marsh

Today was 4M’s last session and we spent the morning on the marsh and the afternoon in the park. It was a relaxed and fun final day together. There was excellent team work and the chefs produced exceptionally good chocolate bannock! One of the children discovered a large bird egg shell, which had sadly been eaten by a fox; it was a lovely piece of FS treasure. Digging clay from the bank of the lake was chilly but lots of fun and helped us make the seed bombs. In the park we litter picked, climbed trees, made dens, made friendship bracelets and played ‘Deer & Wolf’.

Wild wind on the marsh

It was a wonderful full power wind today for our final session of the year with 4FC. We embraced the joy of it and had great fun together. On the marsh we dug out clay from the bank of the lake with our hands and used it to model with, as well as using it to mix with compost and wild flower seeds to make seed bombs. We did bird watching, which was tricky as a lot of the birds were sheltering out of the wind. Our chefs prepped the chocolate bannock, which was a huge success. In the park we climbed trees, made natural crafts, litter picked, den built and played games. Thank you 4FC for such a fabulous day!