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Summer term 2023 Forest School Sessions

During Forest School sessions pupils have had the opportunity to learn new tool skills, as well as revisiting those activities enjoyed in past years. The photos below show a selection of the range of activities during the term.

  • Learning how to use new hand tools like Japanese saw and pruning saw, loppers, secateurs, bit and brace, hand drill and peeler skills on green willow.
  •   Our campfires are always an exciting and yummy time .
  • Skills in sculpting with clay and creativity using willow.
  • Play with mud and water has been popular too.
  • Branches and tarpaulins used to create dens
  • Problem solving team work to rescue soft animals stuck in the branches

Some of the pupils have supported Year 2 visits to ‘The Dell’ this term and assisted with the litter picks to keep the community space safe and tidy for everyone the animals who live there.

  • Outdoor Adventurous Week

    We loved outdoor and adventurous week – our last ever one at this school!

    We made clinometers out of protractors, straws and string. We used these to help us measure the height of different trees and taller objects around the school grounds. We had to make sure the string on the clinometer was at a 45˚ angle when looking through the straw. This meant that between us, the bottom of the tree and the top of the tree we had made an isosceles triangle.


    We enjoyed our tasty breakfast bagels which we toasted on the campfire.

    The Ryde Journey

    For one of our activities for OAA week we looked at the work of Richard Long. He inspired us to create small sketch books inspired by places around The Ryde.  We chose the media we wanted to work with and some us wrote small poetic sentences to go with our drawings and sketches.

    Dream Catchers

    We created dream catchers from bamboo. We had to bend and shape the willow and cut string and holes into the calico before threading and decorating the material.

    Den Building

  • OAA Science

    During OAA week we completed an investigation into paper aeroplanes. We thought about different questions we could investigate relating to paper planes, for example: Do larger planes fly further? Do heavier planes fly shorter distances? How does the size of the wings impact the distance the plane will fly? Each group designed their own investigation thinking carefully about the variables and how they would measure and collect their results.

    We have been looking at light as one of our science topics over the last year. In one of our science lessons this term we made periscopes. We investigated how we could use mirrors to change the direction of light beams and to reflect an image you wouldn’t usually be able to see.

  • Reading to their reading buddies

    Class 6 had a lovely end to the week reading to their buddies. They enjoyed reading the books with lots of expression and trying to keep the receptions engaged in the story.

  • Components of the blood activity

    Year 6 have been learning about the human circulatory system. Today, they used plasticine to create  a model of blood sample in a petri dish. They used white plasticine to create the two different types of white blood cells, red plasticine for the erythrocytes (red blood cells), coloured water for the blood plasma and small dots for the platelets. The children researched each cell and what they did as they made their sample.

  • Gingerbread House – Parent Activity

    The task was to create a standing gingerbread house.  Year 6 had previously planned, designed and created their prototypes in cardboard, checking their measurements carefully.  The next step was to make and cut the gingerbread to the correct size and bake.

    Together with their parents, who came armed with sugary weapons, they set about creating their final structures, which they were very proud of.

  • Camp Out

    Class 6 really enjoyed the camp out at the weekend. They enjoyed lots of different activities and were able to spend some time with their class mates outside of a usual school day.

    Firstly, we set up our camp, put up our tents and sorted out a cosy place to sleep. Later, Ms Burns lit the camp fire and we listened to stories around the fire. After a few stories we had a hot dinner of pizza, chips and veggies around the campfire.

    After our dinner, it was time to play games in the dark.  To start with, the children were put into four teams and then using their torches had to find 5 pieces of coloured equipment that had been hidden all around the grounds. Some teams were better at finding things than others, red team won in the end. Well done red team!

    Lots of Class 6 had asked to play hide and seek in the dark next, so that is what we did! Quietly, Mrs Thompson had hidden first and so the class had to find her before they could hide and be found by the teachers. Some of the class were very good at staying quiet and finding dark places to hide and made it very hard for the teachers to find them.

    When it started getting late, we had smores around the campfire and some people started to get a bit tired and were wanting to go to bed. Some of the class got ready in their PJ’s and cleaned their teeth while others had one last go at hide and seek in the dark.

    We then had time in the tents to chat and chill before bed. Some fell asleep more quickly and there were definitely a few snores heard from different tents!

    Lots of the class woke up early, between 5:30am and 7am. At 8am the class sat down to a breakfast they chose and enjoyed a range of tasty things like mango, strawberries, different juices, a range of cereals, toast and a selection of pancakes and pastries. Tasty!

    We designed flags for a few games of capture the flag, they stayed in their colours groups from the previous evening and were given a base which they had to keep and protect their flag from the other groups. In the end four groups merged into 2 and yellow and red won the game.


    Then it was snack time, followed by a carousel of activities including craft activities, den building, clay, and using the hammock and some people chilled in their tents with friends and played games.

    Saturday was Aayush’s birthday so before it was time to pack away the children got to have cake and sing happy birthday to him too.

    It was a lovely experience for Class 6 to spend time with friends and stay away from home. They all did really well.

  • Science at The Ryde School 2021 – 2022

    For Science day, Class 6 investigated which biscuit was the best for dunking. They created their own investigation and recorded their experiment in groups. They the created clear scatter graphs to record their results and feedback what they had found out





    How fast is your resting heart rate? How does this compare to your heart rate when you are active? Class 6, along with their parents, investigated these questions. Timing their heart rate and recording their findings accurately.





    Class 6 have been learning about evolution and inheritance. They did an excellent outdoor investigation which helped pupils understand why inheritance is so important for survival.




  • Heart Rate parent activity

    We invited our parents into school to complete a science activity with us.  We were investigating how exercise affects our bodies, specifically our heart rate.  To make it a fair test, we could choose one variable to change, either the type of exercise completed or how long the exercise is completed for. Once the exercise was completed we measured our heart rate in 15 seconds, then multiplied it by 4 to calculate our heart rate per minute. After our data was collected, we presented our results in either a line or bar graph, depending on the variable we chose to change.

  • OAA Week

    During Outdoor and Adventurous week (OAA week) 2022, we enjoyed taking part in many different activities which challenged our problem solving, creative thinking, fine and gross motor and teamwork skills.

    Some of our favourite activities from the week included:

    • perspective photography
    • den building
    • campfire cooking
    • nature sculptures
    • fire lighting
    • making our own Tudor potpourri bags
    • measuring the heights of trees using clinometers
    • calculating the number of blades of grass on the school field
    • creating leaf classification key
  • Animation Nation

    One of our favourite workshops this year was the opportunity to create stop motion animations. This process took a number of different steps to complete.




    Stage 1) Planning our animation on a storyboard template. In our groups, we thought carefully about the short animation story we wanted to create. We then planned it in our groups onto a story board to help keep us focused throughout the creation process.





    Stage 2) Create our plasticine models. These included characters, props or objects needed for the animation.






    Stage 3) Create the animation! This involved us taking multiple pictures of our models in very slightly different positions to create the impression of movement. We could choose from a range of different backgrounds, floors, sound effects and music.