March 30th. Class 2, Group 1 started their session searching for the chocolate chicks and bunnies left by the Easter Bunny!
Can you spot the hidden chocolate?
We had a fantastically funny storytelling session.
The story involved a unicorn named Ronnie, an egg named Johnny and their adventures in the realm of the Sock Kingdom!
We made some bird feeders.
We made a den with a tarpaulin and tyres.
Is it a child or a koala?
Caught having forty winks in the tree!
We ended the session with a game of Foxy Foxy Can I Cross Your Field.
March 30th. The Easter Bunny has been!
We went on a hunt for little chocolate chicks and bunnies hidden around the woods.
We all found one and they were delicious!
We did some hapa zome - the Japanese art of leaf bashing.
We put flowers and leaves between pieces of fabric and hit them with a hammer.
The dye from the leaves and flower petals prints onto the fabric. Beautiful!
Such beautiful pieces of art.
March 24th. Class 2, Group 2 started their session with a hunt for something.
The Easter bunny had come a little early and hidden a chocolate bunny for everyone!
Next we went onto the field and played Bat and Moth. The blindfolded bat used echolocation to catch the moths.
Then we got busy making and playing.
What a fantastic butter knife.
A lovely woodland mobile.
March 23rd. Reception class went hunting for signs of Spring this morning.
We searched all over the school grounds and found lots of spring flowers, buds and new leaves.
When we reached the woods we had been given a challenge by someone in Year 3. We had to search the fortress for some hidden woodland figures.
We had to look really carefully but eventually we found them all!
Could this be a dinosaur tooth?
We had fun playing Spot.
We love finding great places to hide!
March 17th. Class 1, Group 1 started their session with a new game called Bat and Moth.
Bats catch their prey using echolocation; when the blindfolded bat claps, the moths clap back...
...the bat uses the sound echoing back to help them catch the moth. We had great fun playing a few rounds of this.
After the Bat and Moth game we went up to play, explore and create in the woods.
A big fortress was built.
We used the hacksaw to cut some small lengths of chunky sticks.
We whittled the tops a little bit.
Then we made some woodland folk.
Some of us made beautiful woodland mobiles.
A few of the group put screw eyes in the tops of their woodland folk so that they can be hung up.
March 16th. Reception class started today's session with a miniature matchbox scavenger hunt.
Working in pairs, they went to find out how many different things they could fit into a matchbox.
We came back to the circle to count out all the little things we had collected..
The highest number we had was 16 different tiny treasures in a matchbox!
Next, we played a hiding game called Spot.
Quick, find somewhere to hide!
Behind a big tree is an excellent place to hide.
We also had fun chalking...
...and playing the woodland xylophone.
March 10th. Class 2, Group 2 had a slightly snowy session today!
We toasted marshmallows on the fire and made s'mores.
We cooked popcorn to celebrate National Popcorn Day.
We had a go at hapa zome, or leaf bashing.
We put rose petals and fern leaves in between fabric and hit them with a hammer.
We made some beautiful art!
A little snowman was made. He was called Kevin.
Two teams competed in the Longest Line game.
Some of us were so competitive we even shed several items of clothing to make our line longer!
The lines were extremely long!
We finished our session with a few rounds of the hiding game Spot.
March 9th. A snowy morning in the woods!
We caught some snowflakes on black card and looked at them closely with our magnifying glasses.
Some of us chose to make log dogs again.
We drew faces on our log dogs.
We walked our log dogs around the woods.
What a super snowball!
We still like to climb trees in the snow, but we are extra careful as the trees are slippery!
March 2nd. Class 2, Group 1 had a go at the Japanese art of hapa zome today.
Hapa zome is also known as leaf bashing. We put petals and leaves on a piece of fabric, covered them and then hit them with a hammer.
We made some beautiful pieces of art.
Meanwhile we had the campfire going and cooked popcorn and toasted marshmallows.
We made s'mores with the marshmallows because they are one of our favourite things to make and eat!
The popcorn was delicious too.
We played a team game called Longest Line.
Each time had six minutes to make the longest unbroken line that they could.
We had great fun and it ended in a draw with two incredibly long lines!
March 2nd. To celebrate World Book Day, Sarah read Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy to Reception.
We discussed our favourite dogs from the story.
Then we all found a log to make our own log dog. We used a lark's foot knot to attach a string lead to our log dog.
Then we took our log dogs for a walk.
We had very large dogs...
...and smaller dogs.
After our walk, some dogs were tied up while we went to play.
Other dogs were fed, taught tricks or taken to the vets!
One or two dogs even had a go in the hammock.
Someone made a little tree for their log dog to feed from!
February 16th. Class 2, Group 2 made lentil dahl today.
We looked at all the ingredients and started cooking it over the fire.
Meanwhile we got busy making friendship bracelets and God's Eyes.
Some of us enjoyed whittling sticks.
We also put lots of food out for the birds.
Just hanging around in the hammock!
We gave the dahl a stir occasionally.
A beautiful finished God's Eye.
When the dahl was cooked, we ate it with some naan bread.
It was delicious!
At the end of the session we played some games of Spot and Creeping Coyote.
February 16th. Reception Class were thinking about birds today in Forest School. We started off reading In My Nest.
We listened to bird song in the woods and talked about how, when and where birds make their nests. Then we built some nests for Little Robin.
We found sticks, feathers, leaves, catkins and scraps of yarn to make our nests.
We think catkins look like caterpillars!
A lovely perch was found for Little Robin while all the nests were being made.
Lots of exploring went on this morning.
A hammock is a great place to lie quietly and watch the birds in the branches above.
Little Robin even had a catkin scarf!
Little Robin loved all her nests and we had lots of fun building them.
February 9th. Class 2, Group 1 were looking forward to cooking lentil dahl today.
We had a look at all the ingredients we needed.
We started off by frying some onion.
Then we added garlic, ginger, spices, tomatoes, coconut milk, stock and lentils and left it to cook.
Meanwhile some of us got busy making friendship bracelets.
Some of us made a God's Eye.
In Mexico the people used to make God's Eyes to ward off evil.
We had to remember to stir the dahl occasionally.
Some of us chose to whittle sticks with the peelers.
When the dahl was cooked we warmed up some naan bread over the fire.
We added some spinach to the dahl and served it up.
Some of us were a little unsure about trying something new, but almost everyone tried some dahl.
Most of us loved the dahl and we ate it all up - lots of us had seconds!
We enjoyed playing games with our friends.
At the end of our session we talked about what we had enjoyed and showed the group the things that we had made.
February 2nd. Class 2, Group 2 enjoyed making up and telling a story for National Storytelling Week.
Half of us had a natural object, and the other half picked an object from a story bag.
We then went around the circle, creating a story as we went, incorporating our objects. It was a very funny story!
Meanwhile, the kelly kettle was put on to boil.
We enjoyed a warming hot chocolate.
Then we got busy being creative, playing and exploring.
Some of us made a variety of different bird feeders.
Some of us enjoyed whittling sticks.
We used our new hand drill to make a simple bird table.
What a beautiful bird table!
Here is the bird table in the trees, with lard and bird seed on.
Here is another super bird table.
We even managed to fit in some games of Scatter and Spot. What a busy afternoon!
February 2nd. To celebrate National Storytelling Week, Sarah started the session by telling Reception class the story of the Three Little Pigs.
We then toasted marshmallows on the campfire.
We made up a story together about a monster train!
Some of us went in the den and told each other stories.
January 12th. Class 2, Group 1 started their session with an introduction to the Kelly kettle.
We filled the kettle with water and set it over the fire underneath.
When the water boiled we added powder and a splash of milk and enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate.
Some of us wanted to whittle sticks with the peeler.
We play lots of games in the bushes!
The hammock is a great place to relax.
We used the bow saw to cut wood cookies from a fallen branch.
Some of us then used the hand drill to make a hole in our wood cookie.
What a great piece of woodland jewellery!
January 12th. Reception class enjoyed being back in the woods this morning.
We read the Stick Man story then some of us made our own stick people.
We used the peeler to peel off some bark, then we used colouring pens to draw a face on our stick person.
Some of us chose to give our stick people some clothing too!
Then we took our stick people on an adventure through the woods.
These two stick people are getting married by the log!
This stick man was climbing trees.
Privacy and cookies policy
Last Edited: 22nd April 2021
1.1. We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of the users of our services. Our services include and will hereby be referred to as 'Our Services' (our websites used to promote eSchools services and tutorial resources, specifically
and https://academy.eschools.co.uk), 'School Websites' ( designed by eSchools and populated by individual schools themselves) and 'Platforms' (individual online services that provide teachers, learners, parents and governors with information, tools and resources) as well as our smartphone app. This policy sets out how we will treat your personal information across these services.
2. Collecting personal information on Our Services
2.1 We may process or temporarily store the following kinds of personal information:
information about your computer and about your visits to and use of Our Services (including but not limited to, your IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths)
information contained in or relating to any communications that you send to us or send through our website (including, the communication content) via online forms
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manually inputted details of users added to the platform
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2.2 Before you disclose to us the personal information of another person, you must obtain that person's consent to both the disclosure and the processing of that personal information in accordance with the terms of this policy.
2.5 Schools are also able to add analytics tools and can therefore gather information on visits to and use of their website (including but not limited to, IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths). Individual visitors can manage their preferences through cookie preferences, as mentioned in 2.4.
2.6 Session IP addresses are retained to monitor and safeguard against improper usage of our services.
2.7 Content on the platform (added by staff, governors and students) and website content is added directly by School Users. This information is only used for to display on the platform in the way the user intends and is not used for any other purposes by eSchools. At a time when a school ceases to use our services the content is removed within a 14 day period as detailed in our agreement with the school.
2.8 Some of our services require the school to provide access to information they require for use with those services. For example a school using our communication tool, Letters Home, which enables schools to contact parents by email regarding important school information. In this situation a school will provide eSchools with access to the email address(es) they wish to send their communication to. Schools have granular access to ensure only the required data is shared and accessed by eSchools. The data is frequently updated to ensure that eSchools only retains up-to-date data.
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administer our services
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send you email notifications that you have specifically requested. You can manage your preferences at anytime through your eSchools dashboard.
keep our services secure, safeguard against improper use of our services and prevent fraud.
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3.1.3. We will use any contact details supplied in an online form for the purposes explicitly detailed in said form. For example troubleshooting and problem solving or the provision of live online training as explicitly requested by you, the user.
3.2. We will not, without your express consent, supply your personal information to any third party for the purpose of their or any other third party's direct marketing.
3.3. eSchools understands our obligation to be mindful about the data we process and only process data that is required to fulfil our obligations in providing our services; to a school who enters into an agreement to use our services and you, the user.
3.4. We will not pass your information to third parties; except for the purpose of fulfilling our services to a school who enters into an agreement to use our services and you, the user or where we are required to do so by law.
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4.1 We may disclose your personal information to any of our employees, officers, insurers, professional advisers, agents, suppliers or subcontractors insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes set out in this policy.
4.2 We may disclose your personal information:
to the extent that we are required to do so by law;
in connection with any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings;
in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk);
to any person who we reasonably believe may apply to a court or other competent authority for disclosure of that personal information where, in our reasonable opinion, such court or authority would be reasonably likely to order disclosure of that personal information;
to the school in the case of improper use on the platform by individuals
4.3 Except as provided in this policy, we will not provide your personal information to third parties.
5. International data transfers
5.1. Data directly collected by eSchools may be stored and processed in and transferred between any of the countries in which we operate in order to enable us to use the information in accordance with this policy. Any third party we use is within the EEA or they hold an existing EU SCC, as in line with requirements under the GDPR. No other third party are permitted to access the school’s data.
5.2. Personal information that an individual adds to our websites may be available, via the internet, around the world. We cannot prevent the use or misuse of such information by others.
6. Retaining personal information
6.1. This section sets out our data retention policies and procedures, which are designed to help ensure that we comply with our legal obligations in relation to the retention and deletion of personal information.
6.2. Personal information that we process for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.
6.3. Data collected through analytic cookies will be retained for 26 months. Individual visitors can adapt the data collected through cookie preferences, as mentioned in 2.4.
6.4. Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Section 6, we will retain documents (including electronic documents) containing personal data:
To the extent that we are required to do so by law;
If we believe that the documents may be relevant to any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings; and
In order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk). Data will no longer be kept after the termination of the contract with the school.
7. Security of your personal information
7.1. We will take reasonable technical and organisational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information.
7.2. We will store all the personal information you provide on our secure (password- and firewall-protected) servers. The web service we employ has a broad range of accreditations and certifications and the data centres used ensure the data stays within the EEA.
7.3. eSchools use a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) which creates a secure connection and uses two keys to encrypt data in transit. Despite this, you acknowledge that the transmission of information over the internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee the security of data.
8.1. We may update this policy from time to time by publishing a new version on our website.
8.2. You should check this page regularly to ensure you are aware of any changes to this policy.
9. Your rights
9.1. You may instruct us to provide you with any personal information we hold about you.
9.2. We may withhold personal information that you request to the extent permitted by law.
9.3. You may change your cookie preferences at any time as referenced in 2.4.
9.4. School Staff/Governors who subscribe to our Newsletter may manage their preferences at any time through their eSchools dashboard.
10. Third party websites
10.1 Our websites may include hyperlinks to, and details of, third party websites. We have no control over, and are not responsible for, the privacy policies and practices of third parties.
11. Updating information
We will only provide communication about the eSchools platform to school staff/governors who can manage their preferences at any time through their eSchools dashboard.
Last Edited: 22nd April 2021
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