Training for excellence!

St John’s and Winyates’ staff had a packed two days of training at the beginning of this Autumn term. They used their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) alongside bags of creativity to work collaboratively in order to solve a problem posed to them.

The experience allowed them to appreciate the skills required by children in their class as we begin our journey to being a partnership of schools which offer excellent STEM teaching.

In addition to this, as all children this year will be involved in Forest School work to develop independence, teamwork and empathy skills, teachers and TAs were able to immerse themselves in Forest School activities. They took part in a blindfold challenge, climbed trees, learnt how to whittle, use bow saws, how to build a den and create art using natural materials!

Forest school art

Artwork using natural materials

Collaboration and teamwork

Living art!

Creativity using our natural environment

Working in teams to create something unique

Beauty in nature

Forest floor artwork

Whittling away!

Deep in concentration

Up in the trees!

Engineering skills put to the test!

Solving problems together

Reception are ‘eggscellent’