Category Archives: Outdoor Learning

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…Read More

Nursery ‘Stay and Play’

Nursery had an amazing ‘Stay and Play’ session! These popular sessions are well supported by parents/carers and family members. It is an opportunity to participate in planned activities, to develop friendships and to provide a safe and supportive environment for the children.          The children showed their family member around the nursery and made…Read More

Stay and Play in Reception

STAY AND PLAY IN RECEPTION The Reception children enjoyed inviting their parents into school today. It was a wonderful opportunity for parents to see how the children start their day at school. The children sat smartly on the carpet and shared some lovely, thoughtful prayers and sang some of their favourite songs for the mums,…Read More

Snow… February 28th …Y6

Snow… February 28th …Y6

This week saw the heaviest snowfall in Wallsend since 2013 (apparently).  So that means the Y6 pupils were aged just five and six last time there was deep snow on the school field.  No wonder they were excited!  They had great fun trying to build the biggest snowman (should that be snow-person?) and to make…Read More

Year 2 find Fossils!

This week Year 2 made a prehistoric discovery on their school field! We had been learning all about Mary Anning, the famous fossil hunter from Lyme Regis and the influence she had on the scientific thinking surrounding fossils and dinosaurs long after her time. Year 2 were shocked to discover fossils in their own playground,…Read More

Forest School in Reception

Forest School in Reception

The children enjoyed reading the story of ‘Stickman’ by Julia Donaldson. They talked about the setting, characters and recalled their favourite part of the story. We explored our forest area and found sticks of all different shapes and sizes. They children made their own stickmen out of sticks and pipe cleaners. The children spent ages…Read More

Week 11 in Y6…24th November

Week 11 in Y6…24th November

Just back from an exciting week at High Borrans in the beautiful but rain-drenched and wind-swept Lake District.  The children showed a fantastic attitude to coping with the adverse weather conditions and got fully involved with a wide range of adventurous activities: caving, mountaineering, canoeing, orienteering, cliff-scrambling and climbing.  Evening activities included games, crafts and…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