Category Archives: Eco-Schools

‘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 make the troll party food in the mud kitchen! Yum!


Miss O’Connor and Miss Monteith were genuinely blown away by the children’s immediate increase in their self belief, confidence, learning capacity, enthusiasm and problem solving skills!




The troll left the children a note saying he was so cold at night. They worked together amazingly well to build him a cosy den! Wow just look how strong they are carrying those logs!


“I will use this piece as a pillow because it is so soft and turns to sawdust.”

“We need to join these sticks together to make him a fire!”


“I’ve made a bridal for a horse!”

“It’s a trap for the troll!”


Magic potions and spells were made using glitter and leaves. The children loved this and said “Can we really make a mess?” The session was nearing an end, so it was time for some warming hot chocolate. Year 1 remembered the ‘Fire Circle’ rules brilliantly from Nursery and displayed impeccable behaviour at all times!



Quiet reflection time is a wonderful part of ‘Forest School.’ It is very important that children are given pockets of time to return to their natural rhythm which supports healthy emotional development.

We hope the troll had a super nights sleep in his new den! The best classrooms really ‘are’ roofed only by the sky!

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

Y3 22nd May

Y3 22nd May

Y3 discovered that the water from the River Tyne was not as clean as we thought it would be!   As part of our Creative Curriculum topic on the history of Newcastle, and linked to our Erasmus work on ‘There’s no planet B’, children in Y3 worked diligently to see how clean they could get…Read More

Playground Pledge (Recycling)

ECO Club work tirelessly to promote ‘recycling’ both at home and at school. On Wednesday evening Miss O’Connor organised a ‘Playground Pledge’ event. Parents and carers were invited to pledge that they recycle at home. The incentive for the pledge is that you are then entered into a draw to win £100 of shopping vouchers.…Read More