Christmas Scavenger Hunt

Oct. 24, 2018 by

Come and follow the Christmas themed clues around the magical wood to find seasonal goodies to fill up your christmas stockings! You will need to laugh at our cheesy Christmas jokes along the way and we’ll guide you through the woods and

Cuckoo Spit!

Cuckoo Spit!

Jun. 13, 2017 by

Ever wondered what that stuff is that looks like bits of spittle on vegetation at this time of year? Often called cuckoo spit it is in fact caused by the tiny larvae of the froghopper, known as the spittle bug.

Mining Bees

Apr. 25, 2016 by

We were noticing lots of mining bees in the sunshine last week so I thought I would find out a bit more about them. They are solitary bees and the females burrow nests under the ground which can be down

Bags of Help for Warrington Schoolchildren

Bags of Help for Warrington Schoolchildren

Feb. 15, 2016 by

EXCITING NEWS!!!! We are delighted to be a recipient of Tesco’s #BagsofHelp initiative. We have been chosen to receive a grant to assist Warrington schools to get children out into nature. How much funding we get depends on public vote

A day at Den in the Woods.

A day at Den in the Woods.

Aug. 10, 2015 by

A marvellous first day at our forest school summer holiday club. Day one of…Den in the Woods and what an adventure we had 🙂 We made dens, played games, did lots of crafts using wool, sticks, clay and paracord. Went

Wood Allotment Scheme

Mar. 8, 2015 by

I’ve been volunteering this morning for the Woodland Trust, Mersey Forest and the Friends of Spud Wood this morning in their wood allotments.  They have had a contractor in to fell some of the trees to thin the plantation out a bit, allowing

Jailbreak Game (Treasure Seekers)

Jailbreak Game (Treasure Seekers)

Nov. 22, 2014 by

We’ve been playing a variant of a manhunt game quite a lot at Chaigeley School recently which we call Jailbreak.  This week we have been developing the rules to make the game more dynamic, and have come up with a

Trophic Cascades

Trophic Cascades

Oct. 15, 2014 by

Eh?  What?  Trophic cascades?  What’s that then? Forest school has helped me to understand, and even to notice, the natural world around us.  It is great to see children with their enthusiasm start to take an interest in the wildlife

Forest School and sustainability

Forest School and sustainability

Jul. 29, 2014 by

Woodlands provide a rich and stimulating environment for learning.  There are a wide variety of natural materials available for children to use.  The environment is constantly changing in obvious or subtle ways depending on the time of year, time of

A classic Forest School activity for everyone.

A classic Forest School activity for everyone.

Apr. 2, 2014 by

One of my favourite Forest School activities is what I call the woodland hunt.  I hide a load of soft toys of fauna that may be found in a woodland habitat, putting them where they are most likely to be.

Wonderfully Imaginative Constructions

Wonderfully Imaginative Constructions

Feb. 10, 2014 by

Look closely and you will see how the children have been highly creative in their constructions.  They have built using various methods and with different reasoning and for different purposes.  They have solved problems both in their imagination and physically

A small snapshot of child lead learning at a Forest School

A small snapshot of child lead learning at a Forest School

Jan. 23, 2014 by

At first glance it looks like nothing, but this is something which provided the children with a lot of enjoyment and learning and cost nothing. Leah said to me she had made a dragons house and would I like to

Thursday after school club at Wilfrid’s Woods

Thursday after school club at Wilfrid’s Woods

Jan. 16, 2014 by

We had great fun in the after school club today. The children were really enthusiastic which is always so nice to see. They all got to use the bow saw and the hand drill and learned how to tie a

Piaget, Vygotsky and Forest School

Piaget, Vygotsky and Forest School

Dec. 5, 2013 by

For me, psychological theories of learning are tools, ways of looking at how children learn, so that I can find effective ways of allowing that learning to happen.  All children are different, in the ways they behave, learn and think,

All About British Woodlands

All About British Woodlands

Nov. 7, 2013 by

It is widely thought that the ‘native’ species of tree in Great Britain colonised our islands after the last ice age, before the formation of the English Channel around 8,000 years ago.  They gradually colonised from Europe as the climate

Spangle Galls

Spangle Galls

Oct. 30, 2013 by

Nature is amazing! Some of the children (and adults) were looking at these. – Spangle Galls – Some tiny wasps (cynipid wasp Neuroterus quercusbaccarum) lay their egg on the oak leaf, puncturing the leaf and activating it’s defences. The leaf