Hayesdown First School

Striving for excellence together

Forest School Update.

Posted on: 25th March 2024

Our Forest School has been running for 4 Terms now, The Children have been so Enthusiastic in learning new skills and taking part in a range of activities outside.


They have experienced how to use different tools safely and responsibly, including a bow saw to cut wood, hand drills to drill holes and even had the challenging task of using fire strikes to create a spark enabling them to light a fire developing their resilience and patience.  Reception children had the opportunity to develop their fine motor skills and confidence by using mallets to hammer nails into tree stumps, secateurs to cut wood and vegetable peelers to whittle sticks.


Our school provides a wonderful range of habitats for our local wildlife, Year 2 and reception have been creating a large bug hotel with a range of natural materials to try and encourage different minibeasts, Year 4 have also made some incredible imaginative habitats for rabbits, owls and hedgehogs to help keep them safe.

This term we had an exciting surprise when some frogspawn was laid overnight in a muddy puddle within our Forest School area, Year 2 students got straight to work creating a wild life pond using an old Belfast sink, some sand, rocks and rainwater in which the frogspawn was carefully placed, the children are excited to watch how they grow and change over the next couple of weeks.

Next term as the warmer weather (hopefully) approaches, the children will be able to do some gardening,  we will be planting some seeds and flowers for pollinators and the children will be able to grow some food.