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Episkopi

Primary School

Episkopi Primary School British Forces Episkopi BFPO 53 Tel: (00357) 25963425 Fax: (00357) 25963825
    • Children at the heart of all we do

    Forest & Beach Schools

    With many members of staff now fully-trained in Forest Schools (Terry Fazackerley, Caroline Reynolds, Sam Norman, Steve MacDonald, Lorna Hambleton, Claire Campbell) and Beach Schools (Bill Ashley, Moira Matheson, Terry Fazackerley, Steve MacDonald), Epi Primary is making full use of their outdoor environment to develop pupils' resilience and relationship skills! 

    It has been another very positive start to the year at Episkopi with Forest Schools taking any ever-more prominent position in the curriculum.  FS2 continue to lead the way with their wonderful sessions with the younger children over the course of a week.  They have just completed a busy week in Happy Valley building fires, cooking bread twists, developing their craft skills and appreciating the beauty of nature.  Meanwhile, further up the school, Year 5 have just had an Anglo-Saxon day (linked to their history topic).  This involved four Forest School activities: weaving, fire-building, lashing and cooking. The children spent the day dressed as Anglo-Saxon farmers and created their own settlement within the grounds of Happy Valley – a hands-on experience.  This term there are more staff at Episkopi being trained up to be Forest School Leaders (Level 3).  We have an external assessor coming out from the UK to deliver the course in Dhekelia and Episkopi for a number of teachers and other staff at the MOD schools across the island.  This is a brilliant opportunity to continue to build on the success of the Forest School programme and allow more children a chance to experience the joys and benefits of Forest School learning.    

    “This has been my best day at school ever!” Praneet (Year 5)

     

    FS2 spent three full days in Happy Valley at Forest School this term. They whittled sticks with potato peelers and cooked bread (inspired by our Talk4Writing story, The Little Red Hen). They used sticks and wool to weave God's Eyes, followed a bear trail and developed their listening skills  by talking about the sounds of the forest. They little built dens for woodland creatures and life size dens for themselves. The selected leaves and bashed their patterns onto material using hammers. The children learnt to manage risk and became more independent as they learnt in the forest environment. They used excellent communication skills with new vocabulary and increased confidence. They developed all their learning behaviours, making particular progress in the characteristics of effective learning such as working together, engagement and resilience. 

     

       

     

    In Nursery our work at Forest and Beach schools has encouraged children to develop their independent skills in a natural environment. They were able to explore and discover nature and develop a strong , positive relationship with their natural world. Children were demonstrating their ability to choose and drive their own learning by following a trail, creating pictures from natural objects, making shelters, creating a hobo bag and using hammers to create wonderful leaf and flower pictures. During these sessions we observed children forming positive relationships with their peers and having the confidence to work with different adults. They set their own challenges and were proud of their accomplishments.