Tranmoor Lane, Armthorpe, Doncaster, DN3 3DB
01302 831720

Forest School

Tree Planting

Anna, a Year 6 pupil, was the lucky recipient of 5 saplings as part of the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy initiative and the Woodland Trust. Anna and her friend planted the trees following the instructions and are excited to follow their journey to become fully grown trees.

Whilst we decided on a spot to plant the two Silver Birch, two Rowan trees and a Hazel tree, we found a baby hedgehog lying motionless in the grass. We saved it, named it Hazel, fed it and gave it water. When we were digging the holes for our trees we were mindful to collect any juicy worms for our new friend. Finally, Hazel was taken to a local hedgehog rescue centre

The trees are situated behind the rise near KS2 and are marked with bamboo canes and name tags to identify them.

Behaviour Rewards

As part of our behaviour rewards, children chose to do a Forest Schools activity. They learnt about the features and habitat of hedgehogs as there is a hedgehog, which lives in the school grounds.

After creating their own hedgehog using clay and natural materials they built a comfy house for their hedgehog to live in thinking about predatorial defences, keeping warm and dry and where their house is situated.

Staff Training 

Tranmoor Primary School staff took part in Forest Schools training during a staff meeting led by Miss K Bratt.

They inaugurated the fire pit, toasting marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate. They took part in team-building exercises including

trying to get a Dinosaur egg out of a flaming volcano using a rope and crossing a crocodile-infested river.

As part of their Forest School learning Year 2 have been outdoors using simple compass directions. They had a map of the school and used locational and directional language to describe the location of features and routes on the map

Many Year 1 children talked about the picnics they had during the summer holidays so Year 1 staff held a picnic in the Forest Schools

area. The children enjoyed exploring the area, making stick houses, listening to a story and eating!