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7th February 2024


Today we finally managed to carry out the Big Schools Birdwatch! We spotted some common birds such as pigeons, sparrows, robins and various finches. We saw a wedge of geese go over and we also spotted a bird of prey on the telephone wire which makes a regular appearance while we are at Forest School and we think it is a Kestrel. As we were watching out we also saw lapwings which are on the red conservation list as a threatened species!

24th January 2024


We had intended to carry out the Big Schools Birdwatch today, however 39mph winds meant that it wasn’t really Birding weather. We decided to utilise the time by doing a survey of our grounds using the ‘Homes for Nature Scorecard’ from the RSPB to make sure we had the best things available and what we could add to improve. We found we had most of the things on the list and scored very highly thanks to the work of Miss Stanley and Mrs Abbott. We need to add a beetle bucket to score 100%.


17th January 2024


Today we made bird feeders melting fat on the fire and pouring it into moulds and adding bird seed. We are trying to encourage the birds to come ready for our RSPB big bird count next week.



10th January 2024


Today Hetty Hedgehog came to us telling us that her home had been destroyed in the recent storms and asked that the children make her a new one. We had a think about the sort of things she might need in a home. The children told Mrs Powell that Hetty should be hibernating and that she is nocturnal and should not be out during the day. They said that she would need a safe and secure home that was insulated, waterproof and windproof.

We also looked at a skull of a rabbit from a skeleton that year 6 found on the field. The children were fascinated to see what it looked like. 

Autumn 2

1st November 2023


Today Inventors could choose between making an autumn wreath, a bauble or use a wooden spoon to make a character all with found autumnal materials or an autumn scavenger hunt where they had to go around our site and find signs of autumn. They made some really lovely items and had a great time doing it and some children found lots of things on the scavenger list to indicate that autumn has definitely arrived.

Autumn 1

18th October 2023


We made some 5 pointed stars by tying 5 sticks together. The children added their own flare with coloured wool. Some children had a go at making trees in the same way.

11th October 2023


It was a wet drizzly day today. We stayed in the outdoor classroom and had a go at painting conkers, making acorn buddies and conker comets. We then got to race them on the MUGA.

4th October 2023


Inventors made a low ridge line shelter today. We had one piece of paracord, 4 tent pegs and a tarpaulin per group and used all the knots we had learned so far to put it together.

27th September 2023


Inventors had requested that we get out the storm shelter this week as we discussed what it was in the previous session. We talked about what to do in a situation where someone has hypothermia and how the storm shelter would help, then we had a go at using the storm shelter for ourselves. The children said it got warm in the shelter very quickly and how good it would be if someone was extremely cold.

20th September 2023


It was a very windy day today and so  we decided not to risk falling branches and did some research inside for how we can improve our Forest School site. Some of us researched different trees we have in our Forest School area and made a fact file about them and some of us looked at different structures we could build to assist our learning such as a workshop for making things.

13th September 2023


For our first Forest School session we discussed all the things that we would like to do in the coming year and how we could improve our site as a class. We played one of our favourite games 'Wizards, Giants and Dwarves'



2022 - 2023

2021 - 2022

February half term is Monday 19th February to Friday 23rd February. Enjoy the break and we look forward to seeing you on Monday 26th February. Be on time, school starts at five to nine! Make sure you follow us on Twitter or look at the gallery and Whole School Learning sections of the website under the children's tab to find out school life at St. John's.