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Team working and collaboration #ForestSchool

Here is the latest update from Marton Forest School. This week we enjoyed working together and learning new skills such as knot tying, tent erecting and, of course, enjoying the fresh air!



Weekly blog by Zak and Chloe

We found this amazing insect that turned out to be an Asian ladybird larva. The location of this creature that was found  was at the campfire scouts Headquarters in St. Annes.

Lady bird larva

Our group was lying on the forest floor for a different perspective which gave us a different view of all the shades of the Forest.

Relaxing on the Forest floor.

Here we can see Owen, Alex and Olivia looking at the trees from their perspective.

Owen, Alex and Olivia in for a snooze

Photos from the Pre-School ‘Camp Out’

Today’s event for our pre-schoolers has been really successful. There were some wonderful activities taking place and all the children seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves. Here are a selection of photos from the morning:

Fun with bubbles


Forest objects


Tales from the wood…




A little refreshment

Pre-School ‘Camp Out’

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to experience Marton Forest School:

Year 5b Forest School (Dylan and Teejay) Week 5 #ForestSchool

In this video, you can see Dylan and Teejay making a zip line. It turned out fabulous and it worked perfectly!

However, when Acer went on it, he fell off and we laughed a bit. He was ok but he was in a bit of a mood! The way you had to do it was you dangle down using the stick,  then let go and you will slide down which was a lot of fun.

Look at them beautiful flower. It is called a buttercup. We had to find out what it was called.

We played a game where we had to put a twig at someone’s feet and get back to a tree.


Here are a few other photos of our exciting visit to Forest School this week. As you can see we have been very busy and the weather was great!



Week 3 5B (Teejay and Ella) #forestschool #GreatOutdoors

We went to forest school in St. Annes on Thursday 4th May. The people who were there were Teejay, Ella, Emilia, Dylan, Joshua, Acer, Keira, Cody and Stephanie, Owen, Tyler and James, plus Mr Haigh and Mrs Malin.

In this picture we were trying to make a triangle with our eyes shut when we were doing this we had to do this on our own and we had to persevere and collaborate by working together with good sportsmanship! …And we managed to do it in the end!

We were also identifying trees and Mrs Malin was showing us how soft the leaves was and she said these leaves are special because they can clean your hands with them.

This is Teejay and Dylan who were trying to make a swing by tying the rope to the top of the tree. Acer went to Kaitlin’s swing then he tried to swing on it but he whacked his knee cap off the tree! Fortunately, he was OK but it was sore.

Ella and Stephanie were making a tent. Mr Haigh told us it was great!

This was in the forest. It was a very nice day and there was a lot of bluebells and other wildflowers.

We enjoyed Forest School because it was a fun experience and it was great because we got to build our own tents with only a few tent pegs. We played lots of games like “1-2-3 Where Are you?” – where you have to hide and then once you are hidden, you shout “1-2-3 over here” and the teachers have to come and find you (if they can!) The best thing about the day was being outside in the sunshine. It was fun not to be at school in lessons and we had a great time playing with our friends and learning about the outdoors.

Authors: Teejay and Ella

5b Week 2 (Emelia & Dylan)

When we arrived at Forest School (which is at St. Annes Scout Head Quarters), we played a tree game where one person was guiding me. Stephanie  made me walk in to a tree!

In this picture, Joshua and Preston are also playing the tree game. The fun thing about it was you had to shut your eyes and get spun around and your partner had to guide you to a tree (which is harder than it looks!).

Mr. Haigh put the hammock up for us. It was hard to get into but it was very comfortable. Unfortunately, if fell down when we swung on it.

No boots allowed!

We only had four pegs to put the tent up so we also had to use sticks and rope which made it much harder.

Whilst we were playing the tree game, we spotted a bug which we huge and looked quite scary. We didn’t want to touch it!

In this picture, Preston and Joshua are looking at this small, young tree and there were lots of wildflowers like bluebells and daisies to look at in the forest.

Emelia found the lady bird which had a lot of black spots and a red body.


Making tents with 4 tent poles and rope



We enjoyed Forest School because we made tents and worked together as a team.

We would recommend it because we got to socialise and collaborate with our friends. Also, we got out in the fresh air and we learnt about nature and the forest.

What is Forest School?

Last week myself, Mrs Shaw Mrs McIndoe and Mr Haigh were lucky enough to be sent on Forest School training at St Anne’s Scout Headquarters.
Forest School is a new and innovative approach to outdoor learning so we are all feeling very lucky to be part of something so exciting for our school.
During our first week of training, we got to explore woodland, identify trees, flora and fauna, erect shelters, tie knots, whittle wood into pegs and spoons, use bill hooks and bow saws, make and cook on fire ………….massively exciting!
We also looked at the theorists who’s ideas have shaped and guided Forest School, risk assessments, policies and procedures,  reflective practice, tool talks and understanding ecological impact of forest school amongst other things so it wasn’t all fun and games!  As a practitioner, these are the things Marton Primary Academy will be taking seriously to ensure our children have a wide and meaningful range of experiences.  The last thing we worked on was a timeline on how to manage and achieve our aims and goals for our school’s forest school.
Feeling massively inspired and motivated towards this innovative new aspect into helping our children develop personal, social and emotional skills.
We all can’t wait to get started.
Sally Malin

Forest School at Marton Primary Academy

Exciting week this week! We have had positive meetings with Mrs Coupe and Mrs Thorpe who are fully supportive and keen for us to start implementing as soon as possible.

Mr Haigh, Mrs Shaw, Mrs McIndoe and myself  all met on Tuesday … each of us had researched a different area …a price list for equipment has been produced and several ideas on a venue.  A meeting has been set up with our preferred venue for Thursday 14th July so we should know if its a possibility soon.  At this meeting, we will also identify trees and foliage and risk assess.  We also discussed planting of trees within our school field to enable our children of the future to have their own Marton Forest within the school.
Ropes have been purchased so we can practice the range of knots we learnt last week along with the first (of no doubt many) books to go into our Forest school library.