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Welcome to the

St. Michael's Forest School web page! 

In 2015, Steventon Parish Council generously granted the school permission to create a Forest School within the Steventon Copse, where the children could play, learn and grow. 

 

Steventon Copse is a beautiful place.

 

              

Forest School in the Autumn with a carpet of golden leaves and covered in a blanket of snow!

Maple Class (Year 1) Forest School

at Steventon Copse

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Forest School is on Friday morning or afternoon, depending on the group.

If you would like to volunteer to join us at Forest School on one or more Fridays.

Please contact the office or talk to Ms. Jaeger after school. A big thanks to all who have helped so far, it is greatly appreciated.

See the Forest School gallery below for some fabulous photos from Y1 Forest School this year.

An updated copy of the volunteer and groups list can be downloaded below.

 

 

Current groups and other useful information

Forest School is Fun! 

We love learning and playing outdoors.

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Forest School is a specialised learning approach that offers all learners regular opportunities to gain confidence and self-esteem through hands-on experiences in an outdoor setting. 

Forest School is good for us!

We love trying new things and feeling good about ourselves and our world.

            

 

As well as having fun, we learn to be creative, active learners. We do things that help us to respect and understand our natural world. We learn how to look after of ourselves, each other and the environment. 

 

 

St. Michael's Forest School Summer Term News:

 

 

Year 1 Forest School groups have changed a little

A few children have been moved to different groups to help cover volunteer availability. Please see the current groups in the 'useful documents' section above on the "Volunteer list for Terms 5/6. 

 

A huge thank you to all the volunteers who have joined us this year! We still need people to help in this coming term. Please see the current list found in the important documents section above (Summer Terms 5.)  The Summer Terms are usually the best for weather and wildlife, so contact the office or Ms. Jaeger if you would like to join us for some fun in the forest. 

 

Continued development of the new 'onsite'Forest School. 

St. Michael's has been creating an outdoor learning space on the school playfield!

(Yes, Ms. Jaeger did get permission first!) It will include a wildlife study area, an adventure playground, a mud kitchen and a storytelling/campfire circle. This area will be used for weekly Early Years Forest School sessions, but will also provide outdoor education opportunities for the whole school.

 

In addition, the space will feature a long awaited 'Serenity Garden' where children throughout the school can go for reflection and calm. This is being created in memory of Claire Machin, a past St. Michael's SSA leader whose vitality and spirit is still present in some of the school's features, such as our outdoor classroom space.   

 

Recently, children from every class had an opportunity to contribute to the creation of this outdoor learning area, during a whole-school tree planting day. As you can see in the photo gallery below we were not deterred by the April showers and managed to plant over 90 trees!  The project is still ongoing and Ms. Jaeger would like to thank all the people who have given their time and resources towards making this space a reality. 

 

 

Creating the New Forest School Site!

 

 

The whole school braved the April Showers to plant trees in our new Forest School Site! What amazing children to keep smiling through the rain!

Ash Class were excellent at weaving willow fences!

Sycamore Class planting a Sycamore tree at the new Forest School.

Year 6 Children creating a colourful willow fence

Willow Fence building with Oak children Day 2

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Rowan children bringing supplies to plant a Rowan tree.

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Willow Class planting a willow tree! (Also an apple tree, and a hazel.)

Maple Class planting Maple trees at the new Forest School!

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New Forest School Work Party

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