Last week we were learning about hedgehogs and hibernation. We made some lovely, leafy hedgehog homes then made our own hedgehogs with clay and natural objects. I’m sure you’ll agree they look amazing!

We also learnt that hedgehogs are at threat of becoming endangered. Have you thought about making your own garden hedgehog friendly? Maybe you could add a little hope in your fence to let them travel through. They should be hibernating by now, so if you see one, don’t disturb it and leave it a little food. Cat food is great but never milk!

Mrs Shuka


Outdoor Learning

Year One have started their outdoor learning sessions today and even the sunshine came out to play!

We’ve been discovering the importance of trees and what living things might make a home in our trees.

I wonder if you could go on a woodland walk and see what types of tree grow near your home?

Mrs Shuka


KS1 Thank you

A huge thank you to all KS1 parents (old & new) for your fantastic support and cooperation during your child’s first week back at school. Also, an extra appreciation to those parents who supported on our Sandall Beat Wood trip last Friday – we hope you’ve had a nice relaxing weekend!

As a crew we will try to get information out to you as soon as possible.
A few reminders for our parents :
✅ can we make sure long hair is tied up for school

✅ wash and check hair regularly for head lice

✅ put names in coats, jumpers, water bottles and pe kits (we will put left over clothes on the outside tables the following day which have no names in for parents to collect, to save a pile of jumpers being collated during the year)

✅ Earrings to be removed on the days of PE

See you all tomorrow KS1 where we will be starting our Expedition Hook Week… watch this space for the activities we have in store this week!

Thanks KS1 Crew


I have spent a very exciting morning in Sandal Beat Woods, as F2’s information board was erected. F2 children spent a long time researching woodland animals and creating beautiful artwork as part of their last expedition. I am sure you will all agree that their finished work looks fantastic. Our F2 children should be very proud of themselves. I wonder if you can spot your portrait?

The information board is within the fenced off area by the fire circles, opposite the park. I’m sure it will be very helpful to all members of the public and children visiting the woods. Due to current restrictions at the education center, the best day to visit the woods and see the sign is Tuesday as the gates to this area are locked through the week.

Well done F2!

Free your feet!

If you’d like to take part in the 30 days wild challenge, today’s task is to free your feet. Get those socks and shoes off and go for a squelch in the mud or a paddle in a puddle. Make sure you share your picture with Doncaster Forest School on Facebook to get your passport points. I’d love to see your pictures too and can sign your passport when you’re back in school. Send your pictures to [email protected]

Did you guess what these were?

Do you remember the mystery eggs I found a few weeks ago? Did anyone guess what they were? I missed the caterpillar stage but now have lots of these little chrysalis around the nest. Soon they will hatch out as Vapourer Moths and fly away.

New arrivals

Finally after weeks of watching the spiders nest is full of tiny spiders. They are fascinating to watch, crawling up and down the webs. Each one is ans tiny as a grain of rice so you need to look really carefully. What can you find in your garden? Remember some things are so tiny, they are easy to miss!

A Dandelion a day keeps the doctor away

Did anyone guess what I would use my dandelions for? COOKIES!

These are actually quite good for you too as dandelions are high in vitamins A, C, E and K. If you do make these, remember to think about where you pick your dandelions and what may have been near them or sprayed on them. Some people may be allergic as dandelion stems contain latex so check with your  adult first.

Here’s what you will need: 1/2 cup of oil, 1/2 cup of honey, 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of oats, 2 eggs, 1tsp vanilla essence and 1/2 cup of dandelion petals.

First mix all the wet ingredients together.

Next blend in all the dry ingredients.

Drop dollops of mixture onto a baking tray.

Cook at 180 for about 10-15 minutes.


Wakey Wakey Dandelions!

Today I have been outside watching the dandelions wake up. Can you see how they have opened up? We call these weeds but they are really useful little plants. You will never guess what I’m going to do with mine today! Come back later to find out.