Durand Primary School is committed to giving children the opportunity to learn in the outdoor environment. We believe that outdoor learning is helpful in promoting self-esteem, well-being, behaviour, cooperative learning and problem solving, in addition to encouraging independent thinking, decision making and improving language and communication skills.
At Durand we are fortunate to have an on-site Forest School, which is used by every class at some point during the school year. The children experience Forest School with our fully trained Forest School leader, their class teacher and support staff.
We have been busy in the forest making spears and catapults using forest wood and lollipop sticks. We used the spears to measure objects in the forest. We had fun playing in the puddles and making tarpaulin kites. We also created some fun forest art and forest crowns, had a go at fruit stamping, den building and cooking on the fire.
Year 2 and Year 6
We have been having lots of fun playing and learning in the forest: mud sliding, tree climbing, toasting food on the fire, identifying hazards, puddle play and having a hose down! We also took part in a scavenger hunt and found several minibeasts to explore.
Years 1 and Year 5
We have been learning how to use tools in the forest, making journey wands, tree climbing, printing, playing on the new forest tyre swing, cooking on the fire, mud sliding and making dream catchers using willow and wool.
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