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Forest School Six Months On Posted on: 12/05/2021

Forest School Six Months On

Ashill forest school goes from strength to strength Ashill Primary School (which is part of The Redstart Learning Partnership),  plans to develop their forest school, led by Kelly Napper and Pamela Mount.  Both Kelly and Pam are training to be fully qualified forest school leaders and both are well on their way to achieve this goal. The forest school site has been significantly improved and developed.  Pam and Kelly were pleased to offer full day sessions over the Easter holidays and forest school is now offered as a regular part of the school day. The uptake of the sessions by the Ashill children have been amazing and they were extremely pleased and excited to have SOLD OUT during each session! Both Kelly and Pam were thrilled with the success of the sessions: Pam said: “All the children and adults had a fabulous time learning new skills and creating items from natural resources with one child saying ‘I want to start the day again’. We have been amazed by the wonderful behaviour of all of the children and their enthusiasm and friendship. The children enjoyed getting mucky, the muddier the better for some”. Ashill’s forest school also allows the children to cover a wide range of other activities such as using tools and hammers, building bug hotels, making weaving frames from scratch, learning how to tie knots, nail art and clay printing hedgehogs. Kelly and Pam have recently attended their second assessment day which included setting up camp, slack line walking, tool maintenance, pewter smelting, playing games, and cooking a 3 course meal on the fire and both have passed their tool safety assessment as well!  They cannot wait to share these skills with the children. Due to the continued success Pam and Kelly will be offering sessions over the summer holidays. A spoke person for The Redstart Learning Partnership said: “We are absolutely delighted to see and hear all about the fantastic forest school developments at Ashill. It is such a wonderful opportunity for the children to get out doors for some inspirational learning and opportunities for holistic growth.  Allowing the children to play, explore and take risks develops their confidence and self- esteem through hands-on, learner inspired experiences in a natural setting.  We are also delighted that Ashill is able to continue to offer this provision over the summer holidays and we offer our deepest thanks to the staff for their time and efforts.” Notes: Ashill Primary School is part of The Redstart Learning Partnership: http://www.theredstartlearningpartnership.co.uk/ Contact: Beth Souster: bsouster@redstartpartnership.co.uk  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
A Message From Joanne Crocker Posted on: 30/04/2021

A Message From Joanne Crocker

A message from Joanne Crocker It has been lovely to see all the children returning to school full of enthusiasm and having the weather to enjoy our outside space. We now have a great variety of objects that the children have used very creatively to form obstacle courses, castles and dens. There is another table tennis table to provide new sporting opportunities and the children now have access to the whole forest school area during breaks as well as specific sessions. It was fantastic to see the whole school team supporting forest school over the holiday and I think the staff had as much fun as the children. All the money raised will go straight back into developing our outside space and will directly benefit the children. I am very proud to be part of a team that has been so willing to give up their free time to build, pave and paint to create the best environment we can for the children. We were lucky enough to secure a ticket to a live performance of The Lorax put on by Bristol Old Vic, which the children enjoyed and also sparked some great discussion about the values that are important to them. We have also had Y6 out and about gaining confidence on their bikes and learning road craft on a Bikeability course. As you will be aware Mrs Dinham has been off work since the end of February. We were hoping to be able to welcome her back after Easter, however she still needs a little more time at home with her family. During the Spring term Mrs Sanderson kindly stepped in to fill this role so we were able to maintain continuity for the children, whilst we were teaching remotely. This term, Mrs Alison Preece will be joining our team to teach in Squirrel class on a Thursday and Friday. We will also be welcoming Mr David Bidgood who will be standing in for Mrs Sanderson as she will be temporarily absent. We are looking forward to the point where we can welcome you back onto the site, but until then please do get in touch by phone, email or at the gate. We are all still very much available and keen to maintain our partnership. Joanne Crocker Assistant Executive Head of the Small Schools’ Hub   Categories: 1 CategorySchool News

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