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Forest School at Notre Dame

At Notre Dame Forest School our aim is to build on the children’s motivation and positive attitude to learning.  We want our pupils to engage with the outdoors and foster a love, respect, understanding and responsibility for our environment. Our pupils are offered opportunities through practical activities, to take beneficial risks whilst building on their decision making, creative thinking and problem solving skills. 

Here are this week's activities that took place in Forest School!

Please do note that all of the Forest School activities and photos are shared on our EYFS Firefly Page

Forest School Firefly Page

We also tweet lots of lovely photos:


A special visit to FS this week and we celebrated Adam’s Birthday - they created an amazing mud pie and lit some cotton wool. We all sang happy birthday! We made some bird feeders, taking care of the birds in winter is important, making sure they have enough food.

Nursery Forest School - Happy Birthday Adam

Second visit of the week to FS we hugged lots of trees and writing in the mud was so much fun We finished off our session playing lots of team games

Owls Forest School


Reception were in for a treat at Forest School this week.  The new topic in Reception is People Who Help Us, so we extended the classroom learning by inviting a very special guest, none other than Mr Plummer aka Park Ranger at Richmond Park.  He loved our Forest School site and the children delighted in showing him around.  He was a fountain of all knowledge and delighted us with stories of his new job as Park Ranger.  In return we taught  him how  to use a fire flint stick to start a fairy fire, which he loved.  We then all toasted marshmallows and had a campfire with songs.  On our return journey we came across a gigantic nest on the ground containing some very unusual and colourful large eggs!!!   We will be keeping an eye on them to see what happens and keep you updated.  Enjoy our photos. 

Reception Forest School - Park Ranger Visits

Year 1

We're Going On A Dinosaur Hunt.

Year 1 Forest School - Dinosaur Hunt

This week Year 1 went on a very scary Dinosaur Hunt. The girls, Mrs Barnes, Miss Sergeant and Mrs Skuse adapted the story We're going on a Bear Hunt to fit in with the current topic "All About Dinosaurs".  As we trudged through tropical rain forest and murky swamps on our adventure the children explored the Forest School environment secure in the knowledge that there was an adult nearby to help if needed. The chorus could be heard for miles .....

We're going on a Dinosaur Hunt. We're going to catch a big one. What a beautiful day! We're not scared. Uh-uh! Grass! Long wavy grass. We can't go over it. We can't go under it. Oh no! We've got to go through it! Swishy swashy! Swishy swashy! Swishy swashy! We're going on a Dinosaur hunt​.

We found Tyrannosaurs-Rex, Triceratops, Pterodactyl, Velociraptor and many more.  We were relieved to be back at Forest school safe in our natural surroundings.  We finished off our session with just enough time free play in the mud kitchen, reading our Dinosaur books with amazing Dino facts and some time for relaxing. This was one busy Forest School Session. 

Year 2

#breathingspace #itsgoodtobeback #OurGreatOutdoors

Mrs Skuse, Forest School Leader
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