February has started with some pretty serious weather, and don’t the children just love it! As much as I like the snow, I am looking forward to Spring with lighter mornings and longer evenings, getting back into the garden and just generally being outdoors as much as possible.
In the next few weeks we will be starting our first Forest School sessions with the older children in The Butterfly and Ladybird classes. We will be working on our usual projects of hide and seek, mud sculpting, den building and wild life exploration, there will be lots of opportunities for the children to explore their favorite activities and to test out new ideas. We will be experimenting with outdoor story telling and encouraging the children to think creatively about any natural ‘props’ we could use to help with our story telling. The plan is to end our Forest School term with a camp fire and marshmallow toasting celebration. If anyone would like to join us you will be more than welcome. Please speak to Lorna to find out more.
We have also registered as an Eco school and will be working towards achieving a ‘Bronze Award’ this year. Eventually we will work towards achieving the ‘Silver’, then the prestigious ‘Green Flag Award’ which is a nationally recognised award. I will be forming a committee and asking for nursery children and kids club children to join in and become part of our action group. I really need a few parent volunteers to join us too, so if you are interested please speak to Lorna. To find out more about The Green Flag Award take a look at www.greenflagaward.org.uk
Finally I am very excited by the prospect of a forthcoming tree planting ceremony which will be held to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The Woodland Trust aim to plant 6 million trees this year. Our trees will arrive in March but the exact date of our tree planting has yet to be arranged. We would like to make it a whole school event and make it a really fun and memorable day for everyone, perhaps with face painting, kite flying, story telling, hot soup kitchen? Any other ideas or offers of help would be very welcome. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, ideas or even if you would just like to say hello. Let me know what you are interested in.
Hope to hear from you, bye for now,