We have had a week of biblical weather but still managed full sporting fixtures and some brilliant outdoor learning. I loved watching the U7 rugby and hockey tournaments, as well as some seriously good rugby and hockey when St Peter’s played Stover and West Buckland. There was a great turnout from parents; thank you for all of your support. I was lucky enough to be able to see 7-year-olds and 13-year-olds play in one week and to reflect on the
journey of skills and games development that the children experience during their time here at St Peter’s.
This year, we have Mrs. Stoyles, a qualified Forest School leader, delivering our ‘wild woods’ lessons. She teaches a variety of year groups over the day, as well as some smaller groups. The planning and quality of provision are simply exceptional and the skills that the children develop – from fire lighting to teamwork and from sawing to art are varied and extremely creative. The children feel free in the woods and the benefits of time in the fresh air and a different environment are clear for all to see.
Nursery made leaf crowns and a sawdust trail for a fox as well as practising stirring their mud pies with birch twigs. Year 2 studied the art of Andy Goldsworthy and created fireworks pictures from fallen leaves. A group of Year 4 children worked together as a team to dig for worms for our wormery (they were fully transfixed!) and a group of Year 6 benefitted from some small team group activities.
Next term, more children further up the school will benefit from our wild woods provision so please watch this space.