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Forest School Log October 2011 Welcome to our newsletter. We hope this helps in keeping you up to date with our Forest school activities. This April Forest School SNPT celebrated it’s 10 Year Anniversary, we celebrated with an exhibition at the Civic Centre, displaying photographs and children’s work, past and present, the deputy mayor and many of our friends and supporters visited and at the launch Nigel Little told stories to children. Also with an open day at Bishop’s Wood for all to join in Forest School activities such as den building, cooking on a camp fire with face painting, making puppets Open day at Bishop’s wood with plenty of Forest school activities for the whole family to enjoy. Staff News Big Thank you to all our volunteers!! We have some changes to the organisation: Firstly, congratulations to Amy Humphreys, our We’ve also been lucky to have some new volunteers join (invaluable) Project Support Officer who got us recently – volunteers completed their OCN Level 1 married recently and is now Amy Hines. Introduction to Forest School, are now able to come and Secondly, we are very pleased to announce help out in the woods. Volunteers include Lorraine that we have a new Manager, Murphy, Hilton Charles, Timothy Flatman, Natasha Deborah Kearsley-Evans, who will take up this Desando, Danielle Rake, Rachael Williams, Jo Ann role from the beginning of November 2011. Evans, Mudita Belani, Ai Hong, Sandra Morgan, Kayleigh Daniels, Emily Best, Jo Huelin, Kenneth Warnes, Sian Staff at Forest School: Lloyd, Karen Proctor, Alistair Gill, Tori Wright, Katherine Director Warrington, Tara Forrester, Kyera Barker & Lisa Walker. Awi Frances And our wonderful sessional staff! Forest School Manager Deb Kearsley-Evans Forest School Leaders We are supported by our reliable & regular session Karen Jones workers – Nigel Little, Prue Thimbleby, Maggie Fearn, Angie Rekers Emma North, Sian Cornelius Claire Edwards & Kim Pixie Taylor Boland. Kate Davies and Leonie Thomas, two of our Caz Wood Forest School Volunteers, who have recently completed Project Support Officer their Level 2 Forest School Assistant course and are Amy Hines enjoying their new roles. Forest School Manager Forest Fun Deb Kearsley-Evans Become a volunteer Parties If you would like to volunteer with Forest School Our next Introduction to Forest School course is In the woods Nov 14-16 2011 & June 25-27 2012 Please contact FS Team Forest School SNPT, Bishop’s Wood Countryside Centre, Caswell, Swansea, SA3 3BS 01792 367118 www.forestschoolsnpt.org.uk 2 hours up to 12 children email@example.com Contact the FS Team Projects Projects over the last year have included Early Years at Clase Primary School, Pen - Y – Bryn Special School, STF class at Daniel James Comprehensive School. We enjoyed taster days PURL Mentoring Project, Tre Hafod Child and Family Clinic and The Brave Project, Women’s Aid. Early Years from Clase Primary at Llys Nini Another fantastic early years project held in the ancient woodlands of the RSPCA grounds in Penllergaer. The diversity of habitats enabled not only magical fairy treasure and bear hunts(!) in the beautiful woodlands but also the opportunity to explore in the flower filled meadows. The children particularly enjoyed: Physical activities - making giant bird nests(!) and dens, playing on the tree swing. Creative activities –squishing and squashing natural paints using buttercups, dock leaves and charcoal. Also, using clay and mud for modelling. Ecological activities – bug hunts/woodland foraging and flora/fauna identification. Pen- Y- Bryn at Llys Nini We worked with 10 teenage boys from Pen-y-Bryn special school for 6 months during the 2010-2011 school year. The boys worked on their gross motor skills with imagination, using rope to ‘fish’ into the long grass, make a Santa’s Sleigh, and find hidden wildlife puppets in the trees. We made ice sculptures and bird feeders. At Christmas time wreaths from willow and ivy. During this first term our trips to the woods were used to establish boundaries, to explore the woodland, and to learn about using fire safely for cooking. By the second term, the boys were firmly established in the woodland and their gross motor skills were being finely tuned with several working hard over the course of spring term to climb into trees in the hedge. Their success by the end of term was exciting for everyone! Playschemes Training As ever, all our play schemes are extremely New to the Forest School SNPT training popular with spaces filling up quickly. During programme is our Beach Discovery Inset day, the school holidays play schemes are run at park which proved to be very popular at the pilot in Woods, Gower where children have the June with 12 teachers attending the lovely day opportunity to make dens, play environmental at the discovering the shore line and its habitat. games, toast marshmallows on the campfire, From September 2010 – September 2011 we and most of all – have fun and make new friends have trained 25 Forest School Leaders, 6 Forest whilst exploring the woodland. School Assistants and 34 persons to Forest School and many potential volunteers.
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