Pupils enjoy their time in great outdoors

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A group of pupils enjoyed a range of activities during their bonus time in the great outdoors.

Although all of the children at Stannington First School have a weekly Forest School lesson as part of its curriculum, three members of staff who are all Level 3 Forest School Practitioners felt that an after-school session with the theme of ‘Darkness’ would excite the youngsters and cover a wide range of learning opportunities.

Teacher Stephen Tunesi and pupils prepare for a shadow puppet workshop.

Teacher Stephen Tunesi and pupils prepare for a shadow puppet workshop.

A total of 25 pupils from Year 1 to Year 4 attended the evening on a first come, first served basis. The first activity, following an introduction to the session and a game of ‘1,2,3 Where are you?’, involved the children working together to help each other hold onto a rope in the darkness and overcome a range of obstacles.

Their second task was to identify a range of animal tracks that were painted in fluorescent paint.

Next up was a chance to use their imaginative and creative skills to put on a puppet show. Each child brought along a torch and the shadow puppets were made under a tarpaulin.

The final activity was making a vegetable soup, toasted bread and toasted marshmallows on the open fire. Once they had eaten and had some hot chocolate, the pupils and staff (Helen Brown, Catherine Bolam and Stephen Tunesi) sang some songs around the campfire.

Mrs Bolam said: “It was a very useful session for the children who participated, as it extended the learning that happens in our weekly sessions. It was helpful for us too because we were able to carry out some focused work with smaller groups of pupils and do more with our forest school equipment.

“They all said that they enjoyed it and they would like to do another after-school session, so we will look to organise another one for later in the school year.”