Category Archives: Eco-Schools

Year 2 at Forest School

Following on from the success of Year 1 ‘Forest School’ sessions it was Year 2’s turn to become explorers and hit the outdoors. The previous week the children were given the ‘Forest School’ rules and they were ready to go. They began the session as always with a team building game. They used their senses and listened attentively.

Den building was the first priority and the children were split up into two groups. Each group was given a tarp and string. The children practised knots and tried very hard to attach their tarp to their chosen trees.


Our outdoor area is very dense with wild greenery at the moment and that provided the children with a super resource. They used their natural finds as a bed and made their den very cosy indeed!




The purposeful play developed even further when the children started to add detail to their dens. The first group added a fire alarm with string and a stick whilst the other group added a sofa and a bed using logs.


The session ended with reflection time and hot chocolate! The pleas of “Please can we stay out” were a sure sign that a great time was had by all!

Erasmus Project Meeting Lithuania

Last week Miss Metcalfe, Miss Quinn, Mrs Cowburn, Mrs Weir and Mrs Wallace attended our final project meeting held in Radvilskis in Lithuania. They observed many fantastic project based lessons in both English and Lithuanian. They thoroughly enjoyed working with the other project partners, Lithuanian teachers and all of the children. During their visit they…Read More

‘Forest School’ in Year 1

Year 1 donned the famous St Columba’s red suits and participated in one of many new ‘Forest School’ sessions with Miss O’Connor. The session was linked to Year 1’s English work; a scary troll left the children lots of exciting activities to explore!       The children made leaf crowns and independently decided to…Read More

Stay and Play in Nursery

The ‘Stay and Play’ sessions we provide here at St Columba’s are extremely popular and well supported. We aim to foster opportunities to enable the children, parents, carers and staff to be more sensitive to each others needs. We provide ideas, activities and opportunities that can be replicated in the home environment.    The children…Read More

Autumn in Nursery

It is not just children who love Autumn. Forest School Leaders relish in fallen leaves too! We are very lucky at St Columba’s to have such beautiful green surroundings. It’s fair to say the ground is positively gleaming and everything has become a bit more atmospheric.   We made collections of leaves, used them to…Read More

Erasmus visit to Italy

This week Mr Keilty, Miss Metcalfe, Miss Monteith, Miss OConnor and Mrs Iliadou visited some of our partner schools in Tarquinia, Italy. Whilst visiting the schools, we observed lessons, met the children and teachers and watched some amazing performances!   Our visit was part of our Erasmus project ‘There’s No Planet B: Stop Climate Change’.…Read More

Erasmus Visit to Italy

Erasmus Visit to Italy

Next week, Mr Keilty, Miss Metcalfe, Miss Monteith, Miss O’Connor and Mrs Iliadou will visit Rome to plan and prepare the next part of our Erasmus project – There’s No Planet B; Stop Climate Change. The will spend time in our Italian Partner school, observing teaching, working with children, sharing our work and discussing the…Read More

Saving our Planet

Last week Year 2 read the story ‘The Trouble with Dragons’. We quickly realised that these dragons cause all sorts of problems! They eat all of the food, litter the world and breathe hot air everywhere! After reading the story we also looked at a different story from CAFOD, ‘Laudato Si’ , a message from…Read More

There’s No Planet B!

Over the last few weeks we have been working on the next topic from our Erasmus project ‘ Greenhouse Effect’. Children from across our school have been completing different parts of this topic. Year 5 conducted an experiment looking at how the greenhouse effect impacts the temperature of the world. We were shocked at what…Read More

Planting in Nursery

We have gone from one extreme to the other in terms of the weather this week! The sun was shining so we decided it was the perfect opportunity to do some planting. We chose a patch by the ‘secret garden’ and planted a variety of ‘sunburst’ flowers. Mrs Rowan helped the children to plant herbs…Read More