PL’s Fairy Castle Adventure

Yesterdays intrepid group of girls from Preston Lodge ventured out into the snow Lammermuirs to explore Fairy Castle. We had intended to drive up through Elmscleuch and walk over Packman’s Grave on Moneynut Edge. Unfortuneatly though the road up past the farm is sheet ice …. no-way in the mini-bus!

In the end we parked at Aikengall Farm and walked up the new turbine-access road, and dropped down into the Dunglas Deans. Most of the snow is now gone, and it was all pretty wet and boggy on the fields, and sheet ice on the tracks.

After a sheltered lunch in the teep-pee we walked up onto the top of Moneynut Edge for full veiw of all of the turbined before returning back to Aikengall.

While some of these pupils have done some Outdoor Activities before for many it was something new and quite a challenge. By the end of the day they all agree that they had enjoyed it, and had also learned about renewable energy in East Lothian. Thanks to Mr Bell and Mr Lynas for assisting.

Outdoor Learning 2010

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Apple Juice (cider?) Making


In one period we:

– made an apple crusher

– cut apples up

– crusher apples

– fed apples into press

– pressed apples

– collected juice

Ready to make a refreshing drink from locally (Wallyford) collected apples

Week Five

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Week  5

Went to school at 8.30am, went to registration, then went to get our boots and grey suits. Went to the van, started driving up there. Had fun signing on the bus. When we got there. We got changed and started walking to our wee base camp. This was the last week. We started collecting fire-wood. Mr Bell had bought Lorraine thank you card so I gave her it at the end. She loved it. Me, Amy, Jessica and Alana were walking around the woods, looking for loose wire. Me, Amy, Jessica and Alana had a singing/dancing comp and I was the best.! J obvi. I really enjoyed this morning. Then we had break, then did more hunting around the woods. Then it was Lunch time. Amy and Alana were in-charge of the cooking and the fire. She made pancakes. After lunch Lorraine showed us how to make dream catchers. The boys were making a bench. Which looked good. At the end we went back to school. What a nice day to end the course. J<3 I enjoyed it xx


Week 5;it was our last ever week at the camping place it was good for me but this week some of us just made another bench after we finished the other one this week was more fun because we did less work or maybe that’s just me at the end we made some dream catchers I didn’t I don’t like or believe in them its not true I used to have about 5 of them and I till had nightmares….so they don’t work when we had lunch and started a fire we made some pancakes they were not very good so I just had a lemon on its own about 3 of them haha before lunch me,Amy.Emma and ALnna went to play the xfactor it was a little a bit of a bore but it was a little fun erm so it started to rain a little so we all made a shelter and it was very cold but no wind was about or near….so after we made dream catchers we put them on a big tree and stood beside it and Mr.bell took a photo of us all after that we put out the fire and got really to leave until the next time we can visit.

Week 6: I went to regi then went to the learning zone and everyone came and we all waited for Lorraine to come and then she came and we went to the forest we changed and then we went to our base.we got logs for the fire and then we done our tasks me, Amy, Emma, Jessica went and put red tape on the broken wires and then it was break and then we went back to find more broken wire and put red tape on it then it was lunchtime at lunchtime we had pancakes they were really nice and then we made dream catchers and then we went back to the bus and got our overalls off and got ready then we went home.



The last day of forest schools


On the last day of forest school. I really enjoyed it because I was working with people I had never usually worked with and talked with. Here are some activities I had done at forest schools.


o    Mallet making

o    Gazzo making

o    Tent building

o    Cooking on fire

o    Bench making

o    Communicating and interacting with peers

o    Nightline and call of duty


Week 5

We went to school at 8.30 got on the bus went to the woods got set up with the tents and the fire when around looking for bites of barbed weir to put a bit of tape around it so the no were it was very cold and raining it was the worst week we had there finally it was lunch we had pancakes and toast it was goooooooooooood but emma had nothing she eats nothing but chocolate then we made dream catchers it was really good and they looked amazing…………… was a fun experience and meeting new people was good but I wouldn’t  like to do it again…………………….good to be back at school J…………..

Best bites

  • Food
  • Meeting new people
  • Making dream catchers
  • Making woods look better
  • Seeing different animals e.g. pheasant