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Forest School

Welcome to Chartham Forest School!

Forest School is one aspect of all the Outdoor Learning that goes on at Chartham. We have specific spaces, but these are shared with the whole school. Plus, the entire grounds are an amazing resource for extending Forest School and all aspects of the Outdoor Curriculum.
The North West Strip of Woodland
The Southern corner meadow grass
The west corner allows amazing local views
The field and South East border
Our Westerly views of Kent
Our Westerly views of Kent
Our Westerly views of Kent
The Polytunnel
The Wildlife Garden in the North Easterly Corner of Chartham School Grounds
Our Forest School Handbook explains all things Forest School and can be found on our Curriculum page!

TERM 1

 

In Term 1 the children are engaged in Outdoor Learning Daily, and a session with the Forest School Leader once a week. Currently Forest School is a little shorter than usual but this allows for all KS1 & KS2  classes to join in.

So far the children have loved spending time in the Wildlife Garden, seeing frogs, newts, Dragonflies, squirrels, birds, and thanks to their own hard work making the area a haven for local wildlife - a Common Lizard being the most exciting visitor yet! 

Scroll down to see the pupils hard work!

A Common Lizard basking in September sun.
Forest School then moved on to the Mud Kitchen Area. Here the Children had the opportunity to mix mud to their own specific recipes! Making Mud Burgers, Mud Cement, Mud Art, and.... Mud 'FLOBS'??
Mud Kitchen Base Camp. Where sessions start and end.
The Mud Kitchen at it's tidiest!
Mud Masterchef? OR The Great Chartham Bake Off?
The bricks need to be secure...
The Field Maple Tree gains a little art.

How Good Is Your Alchemy...?

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Getting the measure of dry soil and rainwater just right to create this is pretty amazing!

To end this Term Forest School has moved to the Copse Area in the North Corner of Chartham Grounds. There is lots for us to explore and observe and we will post all our fun on here and on Twitter - Link below!

 

We have been 'Bug Hunting' for worms, slugs, spiders, beetles, and beetle larva
We dug up a broken cup and used clay from the ground to try and repair it
We've been learning about and meeting Ivy Mining Bees
We've been digging trenches and tunnels, and building bridges
We've tried some Irrigation Engineering as well
Meanwhile, the children will continue learning outside. Old and warm clothes are a must for these sessions as Autumn and Winter will probably be cold and wet! Wellies are an easy way to prevent tedious shoe cleaning too!
The children's hard work has earned Chartham a Silver Award from the RSPB for their Wild Challenge and a Gold Award from the Woodland Trust. We are working towards a Gold Award from the RSPB and a Platinum Award from the Woodland Trust - so watch this space!
RSPB
Woodland Trust
Autumn Colours
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