Forest School – Week Four

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Week 4

Went to school at 8.30am, went to registration then went to get our boots and grey suits. Went to the bus got our stuff on. Lorraine had two students with her, Emma and Paul. When we got there we collected the fire-wood, we made a shelter because the forecast was meant to be poring. We made two good shelters. Me, Amy, Alana, Jessica and Lorraine started finishing of the stairs. We made 4 stairs all together and they are looking really good. The boys made a bench. And that’s looking good to. Then we had break. Then the next thing it started chucking it down. We all went into the shelter and started having lunch. After lunch me and amy set up a blind hold course and paul, emma and sean did it. It was really funny. After that we made musical instruments. <3 was a good day again. J

Week 4: I went to school and went to regi and then I went to the learning zone and waited for Lorraine and she came we went on the bus and picked up a guy from tranet his name was Paul then we went to the forest when we got there we changed into our overalls and then we went to our base and put our shelters up because it was raining and really windy and then we all went to the stairs that me, Jessica, Amy and Emma done last week and went back to our base and had our break and then me, Jessica, Amy, Emma and Lorraine went to the finish the stairs and after we done the stairs we went back to the base and had our lunch after lunch we all went to see the stairs and all went to see the seat the guys made and then after that me and Jessica went back to the base and me and Lorraine went out to look for logs and then we went back and i made a flute Amy and Emma went to do a obstacle course and after we made the flutes we went to the obstacle course that Amy and Emma made after that we went back to the base and cleared up and then we changed and then went back to school.

Week 4

Week 4 was just really finishing things of we finished the stars and the boys made a bench. Me and Emma had too go and get hardcore with a wheelbarrow Emma couldn’t life it at all so I had to carry it all the way “it was so heavy”…..

At lunch wee got the fire started and Shaun started too cook sausages……then wee made a shelter it started to rain really bad and the shelter fell down more than 3 times it was offal……after lunch me and Emma got the chance to make a obstacle course for Shaun and that………by the end wee were all tired and got ready to go home……

Week 4: we all went to the same camping place like always but two other people came too Paul and this other girl but I forgot her name when we all got there we first built some shelters up because it was raining or starting to anyways

Then the stairs that all the girls started needed to be finished it took all our hard work but it paid off in the end then we had break haha there was a really big bug on Emma’s bag we all screamed like little girls we then started the fire at the start of lunch I had hot soup that I brute with me after that we finished everything we had to be finished me and one or two girls finished doing the music things and Amy and Emma made this thing were you need to follow the rope while blindfolded I didn’t do it even though it looked so easy Shuan erm and the other girl and Paul did it…it was fun to watch but not to do because my right leg was swore anyways after it was time to go and next week will be our last. (^_^/)


Forest School – Week 3

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Day 3


We did the same as we did last week got on the mini bus got the overalls and got boots on and headed up to the camp. Once we got there we set up the fire and got all the wood together to get reader for the fire at 1:00(lunch) then me and Shaun, Mr bell went down to do some more hardcore. When we got down there we cut some barb-wire and rolled it up then did some more hardcore.


There me and Shaun went to the mini bus because we left out bag and then went up to the camp had our break and we swap places with the girls they did hard coring and we cut of the tree stuff from the post  and separate the wood from the plastic roll and tied them up,


Then it was lunch me and Shaun set up the fire, then Jessica made cheese torte as, then we had a bit of hide and seek then we put up shelter because it was raining then we carved a peace of wood into an bit of musical instrument  

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Week 3= I went to school and went to registration and went along to the learning zone where we waited until Lorraine came and we went on the mini bus and went to the place and when we arrived we got ready and got our overalls on and boots  and then went out and went to our base and we collected wood for the fire and after that we collected the tubes and then tied them together and then we had break and we done the stairs and we had lunch and we played hide and seek and then we made the flutes and then we went back on the bus and we all went home.

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Week 3: We all went to the same camping area that we where at last time but this time some of us switched jobs this time I wanted to do the heavy work but I did get a really nice workout by it its Tuesday and I feel no pain from last day I guess I could call myself lucky.

All the girls tried to help make the stairs at a little hill but I did all the work Amy and Emma were up a tree and got stuck so I told them to stop monkying around and help but they didn’t…but I really enjoyed doing some hard work for a change. I wanted to make the lunch with the food we had it was really good then after we played hind and seek I didn’t want to play but after 2 games I joined in I guess it was fun but then I was ready to go home but it was like 2 and it was raining so was decided to make a shelter then once it was up the rain stopped and the sun came out….I was pretty annoyed. We then made some music things out of wood that was hard to do but after we all went back to school and we were all very tired I was ready for a nice hot coco and nice warm bed while watching some TV. So I could say am starting to like camping now. =]


·        communication with people you don’t usually

·        the fun games we play


Week 3

Went to school at 8.30am, went to registration then went to get our boots and grey suits. I was feeling excited again and we were waiting on the bus coming. When the bus arrived we got in and started driving to the woods. When we arrived at the forest we got our grey suits on and our boots on. We headed to the base and started collecting wood for the fire. Me, Amy, Jessica and Alana started tying the tubes together. Then we had break. Then Me, Amy, Jessica and Alana went to help Mr Bell with the building of the stairs. We made two stairs before lunch time. It was good fun, we did well. Sean and Jordan were in-charge of the fire this week. Sean made the hot chocolate this week and it was nice. After Lunch we played hide and seek it was very funny. Then we made some musical instruments out of wood was very good to. <3

Had another good day J

Forest School 2010


Forest School provides an excellent opportunity to bring learning to life allowing young people to explore and learn in a constructive way. This inspirational process increases self-confidence, self-esteem, improves individuals’ ability to work co-operatively and counters a lack of motivation and negative attitude towards learning, while offering the opportunities to take risks, make choices and initiate learning for themselves.

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Last Monday we got to go to our new activity for the next few Mondays. Forest Schools, its where we learn outdoor activities such as making safe fires if your camping, and we are also clearing up the forest a little. We are clearing all the bad-wire and making some steps for steep bits of the woods.

On Monday we just got to know the forest fire really, our boundaries and all that. We collected wood and logs for seats and the fire, once we made the fire we cooked sausages. And at the end we had a activity where you blinded your partner and took him or her to a tree and let them feel it then took them back to the base and they had to guess which tree they where at. This was a good guessing game.


This Monday I didn’t go to the Forest Schools.

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The first week we were all just getting to no each other. When we got there Lorraine the women who is working with us, she showed us through the woods and how to get back to camp. When we got back to camp we started to make a fire and I made the hot chocolate mmmmmmmm!!!!! Then we made sausages on the fire mmmmmmm!!!! After lunch Lorraine led us to an obstacle course were we got blind folded and had to hold on to a bit of string it felt like it went on forever and seemed more longer than when we got to see it ….it was a great experience.


The second week we really just were tidying up the wood me and Emma had to go round picking all the stacks and tubes up there were hundreds. I and Emma were in charge of making the fire it was hard wok but it was defiantly better than last weeks, Jordan made the hot chocolate but mine tasted better by far……. I also helped make the food we made French bread and sausages and complements to the chef… the end we were to fallow a bit of string but not get blind folded we had to look for objectives that Lorraine had put there I got 11 out of 20…finally we had to tidy up the fire and logs as if we hadn’t been there…..

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We got a mini bus to Wood hall then jumped of the mini bus and got our boots and overalls then left our bags and walk about 3 minutes until we got to the base bit, Lorraine set the logs up for the fire and got it set up. Everyone got sent to get wood that was dry and not wet, once we done that me and Shaun lifted an bit log that was very heavy then we got asked to go do hard coring.


Me, Mr bell and Shaun went where the mini bus was and got some hard core then went to the muddy patch where the cars drove in from it was deep muck we dug and chucked the dirt to the side and done some barbwire, cut the barbwire and rolled it up then had a little brake and got something to eat then went back to the muddy bit and dug for 1 hour and got some more hard core and put it down we done half of it.


Then we went back up and Amy and Emma where starting the fire then we got some onions Shaun chopped them up and I cracked some eggs into a jug, then we made French toast with onions it was very nice, then went up to the activity when we got there it was like a blue wire going under and thought the woods under tree’s and we went one after an other we had to try spot objects that wouldn’t meant to be there. There was 20 objects and I only found 18 of them and we headed back to the mini bus and went home.

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We met up in the SVS room and waited on the mini bus. When the mini bus arrived we loaded up then went up to hood hall. We parked the mini bus and got are overall on. we got out the mini bus and waited on the others that where still getting ready, so we were mucking around on the ice, picking bits up and head butting it and smashing it, when every one was ready we took a walk around the woods .once we had a walk about and we knew are way about we wade a base we started a fire and cocked some lunch, we played some games on a log and done a blindfold game, we made a shelter so if it rains then we could stay dry . once we had done all that we put the fire out and made it so it looked like we were never there .after a long day we went home.

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We all went on the bus to get to the camping place there we met Larraine and Sarah they told us about the trees and what and how and why you shouldn’t cut or hurt an alive tree. She then told us to get dead sticks or wood for the fire. Then after we where given jobs to do I was collecting the plastic things that were used to help baby trees after we did that Sarah showed us how to tie and keep the together its was a little hard but I guess it could have been harder.

And after hours of hard erm…work we had break I guess I could

Of get more food with me it was also cold there but what I hated most was that there wasn’t a fish and chips around there haha. After that we got the fire started yay the wanders of heat from fire anyways I hated the dam smoke haha my eye couldn’t stop watering

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Last Monday the class got a new activity its called forest skills we get out of class for this activity

· We do fun activities round the forest

· We do team building skills

· Communication skills

· other various skills

· wild cooking

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Week 1

Went to school at the normal time, went to registration and then went to the the class room. We went on the computers for 10 minutes. Then we got our wellies and our grey suits. Then the bus came. I was feeling excited. I felt sorry for my friends as they had to stay at school and work. On the bus I was sitting beside Amy. We met Lorraine and she was nice she knew a lot about the forest. And she had a student with her, Paul. He was nice. When we got there all of the trees were covered in snow. It felt like Christmas again. We got our grey suits on in the bus and the wellies, as the ground was muddy. When we were all ready we started walking. Lorraine was telling us about the trees and was quiet intresting. I didn’t know there was so many types of trees. We had to find a nice place to sit down to light a fire etc. so we found a nice warm and flat. We found some logs so we used them as seats. Lorraine was telling us what type of twigs to find for the fire. She told us that it had to be the size of your thumb and the thickness of your pinkie. Mr bell had brought sausages and choc. Amy made hot chocolate and it was very nice. Was nice to have something warm as it got pretty chilly. I didn’t have anything from the fire since I’m a veggie. So I just eat the food I had brought. After Lunch we started doing some activites. We made a shelter from tar polling. And we did this wee game where we got blind folded and had to follow this rope but watch out for branchies and had to go through trees. It was very scary but was very good. I enjoyed it. (: that was a fab day <3

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Week 1= in the morning before we left we got overalls and gloves and we waited 10 minutes until the mini bus came and we all went on the bus and it took 15 minutes to get there we finally got there and we got our overalls on and our boots on and we all went outside and went in a cycle and we got a sock and passed it to a person that you didn’t know and then say their name and we walked around the forest and got to know the place and got to know where we were going and then we had to find a place to sit and to make a fire and then we had our lunch and then after lunch we had to make a shelter so if it rains we could go in it and then we had to go around a obstacle course blind folded and then we had to find a partner and they had to find a tree and we had to hug it feel it and then we had to go to the place we started and then take our blind fold off and find that tree and then we went back to the camp and then sat down and then talked about what we enjoyed and then we got back in the mini bus and got our overalls off and boots and then we went back to school and then went home

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Forest Schools 2009

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First Week

On the first week we explored the aria and make banna and hot choclate, the second week we cut down trees, and then made hot dogs, the forth week we made a shelter and played games, and we carved wood and helped burn rope.


Forest School Programe

On the first week we expord the aria and mak bannas and Hot choclet. The second week cutting trees down and then mad hot dogs. The four week we mad sheater and payed games and carvend and then made march mals.


We cut done trees and clened up the phafe we cooked bhaps and choclate and we yous Bo Soard and lopers to cren up the pach.


The favourite part of the day at Forest Schools was when we played a game in the field. And it was okay when we the part I did not like when was it was raining and

We went to this wood calld buttrden wood and we got told to go and chek it out then we had lunch then mor cheking it out it was a fun first day. The second time we went we were cutting down trees to mack the path bigger. I like it when we all work as a grop I don’t like it when have to go

We bult a hut and cooked marshmallows on a stick. We also done some carving and made our fire. The first time I went we had a look around so we no our bounderys.


I Liked forest schools because I was with ma mates. The best thing was when I helped the boys make a hute. I didn’t like the hotdogs because they are not the nice. We cut down trees and used lots of Tools.


I dident enjoy when I dident fell well :$ I like it best when we cooking we cooked, chopped down trees, and learnt stuff about the woods and stuff


Forest school Programe

It was good

On the first day I wasin’t there I was at the duke of Edinburgh but I got told that we explored and made banna and something else. The secound week. We cut down trees and made hot dogs. On the forth week we had marshmallows made fires and made shelters

June 2008 – Forest Schools Week 3 and 4


When got there, we recapped on what we did last week.  We made another fire, and I got it lit first time.  We had toast on the fire.  We found a new camp to sit and eat at.  We started making seats for the camp.  We had to leave what we did.  And finally, Bethany had to wait to get the car keys so she could get her shoes.  Stephanie

We arrived at Butterfean Woods and got ready.  When we got into the woods itself, we played a game called Stealth.  Stealth is a game where someone stands in a spot, closes their eyes and counts to 20.  when they are counting everyone runs and hides.  trhe aim of the game is to get back to the person counting, without being seen.  We then toasted toast with our own cooking methods, and then ate it.  We also chose a place for our base.  Last but not least, we started making seats.  Bethany

Making my baby tree and making the benches and chair.  Played hidey.. had food..   hoops and bread.  Robyn

Played that Stealth game, made a fire and had toast and spagetti hoops.  Found a place for our camp and made seats.  There was a tree stump in the ground and I pulled out and found a log which I used for a seat.  I was making daggers for the seat to stand it up.  Raymond


Finnished the benches

Had a hobo lunch

Be on your own for 10mins


3 of us went up to the woods in Franny’s car.  We finished the sseats, had personal time and had a hobo meal.


We finished off the seats at our new camp, had a hobo lunch and we had to have 10 minutes on our own to think about things.


May 2008 – Forest Schools Week 2

Diaries from Week 2..

May 2008 – Forest Schools


SVS pupils have started a Forest Schools Project in conjunction with the Countryside Rangers (Nick and Leigh).  Below are the students diaries from their first experience.


Forest Work  We went to Butterdean Woods and we played a game where you need to sort your team in order of height, on a raised platform, without falling off.  We then made a fire and had hot chocolate, tea or coffee.  After that we made a basic shelter.  The awesomest bit is jumping on and over the logs.  We had a close encounter with a wolveriene…..  …only joking


Forest schools  made fire   Had tea   made hoos

Forest.  We got to Butterdean Wood and got ready for our first day.  We played a game where we had to go on order of height, but we couldn’t stand off the wood.  The second time, we did it with age.  Then we spotted some stuffed animals that were hidden in the trees.  We walked along the trails, where we found things that we will use and we learned things about the forest.  We also put up signs at places where we are not allowed to go to.  We found some acorns that were eaten by squirrels and a hole where a deer had slept.  We stopped for a break, where some people had a drink.  Then, before we left, we built a tent out of tree branches, but we didn’t have time to finish it.


Forrest Schools    went to Butterdean Gathered wood to make a fire boiled water on fire to make hot drinks we built a den.


Went and looked for stuffed animals that were hiding in the woods.