Since starting Forest School in September I have introduced the children at St. John’s to the Woodland Trust’s ‘Green Tree Schools’ award. It is a four tier award programme and we have participated in hands on activities and learning opportunities which gain us points towards each level. All the activities encourage them to explore and care for our natural world. Some of the things we have done include planting tress, creating habitats for animals and understanding the impact humans have on the natural world.
I am so pleased to have reached the third tier of Gold and even more proud of the commitment the children have made to the award. I know that as we work towards the platinum award the children will continue to develop a deeper understanding of the environment and how they can make a difference.
We are a Green Tree School!
Friday’s ‘hot chocolate club’ were the first group to enjoy freshly made hot chocolate, as a healthy alternative to instant hot chocolate. The group loved it so we thought we would share the recipe!
- 500 ml hot milk
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp honey
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
Thanks to the Tesco Bags of Help grant and in collaboration with Groundwork, the outdoor classroom is now complete! We have weatherproof furniture, a purpose built storage shed and whiteboard. This means that children have the opportunity to learn in a natural environment and we are excited about using this new space!