Liz Kessler, a New York Times best-selling author
On Monday, Longwell Green was lucky enough to welcome Liz Kessler, a New York Times best-selling author, to the school!
Liz shared with the children her first ever-published piece of work from when she was 9 years old! The look of inspiration on many of our children’s faces was wonderful to see.
Having had her first novel published in 2003, ‘The Tail of Emily Windsnap’, Liz was able to talk to the children about her 15-year journey of being a writer. We were even let into the secret of where the name Emily Windsnap came from!
The children then had the fantastic opportunity to buy a book and have it signed by Liz herself! Further to all of this excitement, Liz officially opened our library to be used by the children, in particular our ‘Starbooks’ area. Mrs Balch is currently running a book club for children in Year 1 and 2 is hoping to roll this out across the school soon.
Thank you to all the parents who supported this wonderful event, we are hoping to arrange something specifically for KS1 children soon.
Monday 17th September 2018 was the very first Forest School Session at Longwell Green School.
Forest School is an inspirational long term process where all learners have a regular opportunity to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through child led, holistic, hands on experiences in a natural environment using natural things. Forest School practitioners only offer opportunities, hints and supported risks to the environment and themselves.
We at Longwell Green School are very pleased to now be able to offer our children Forest School sessions. We are having 4,1 hour sessions per week and we hope that all children will get the opportunity to spend some time in the forest. The children will help maintain the forest area, plant bee and butter-fly gardens and observe the creatures in the forest. Once the Forest School Leader completes her training the children will also access real tools and light fires under close supervision.
Our first topic was water tight shelter building, and all shelters were tested once complete. Some shelters were for the Rangers, others for hedgehogs, bees, mice etc.
The children also had the chance to do their own risk assessments and were fantastic at spotting possible hazards. They have shown great team spirit and I have watched them form their own, very different teams on a couple of occasions and shown some amazing collaboration.
We had a reflection the following day and these are some of the comments made:
D…………. Best day ever!
G…………… I liked driving around in the tyre, sad because I wanted to get a little wet!
F…………. stressful, but when it was done it was amazing, you have to push yourself!
A……. 1-3 it was ∞
J…… Fun, but the wind was annoying!
E………… Good, but I got wet!
N………. We didn’t get wet because we worked together as a team, otherwise
Early years had a Monday at Forest School and were looking for signs of autumn, we found lots! We talked about what colours the leaves might be and why the leaves change colour and fall. We talked about the pineapples (pinecones) we found under the trees and what was inside them (seeds). The children loved holding the conkers and we talked about the job that trees do in our forest and why we need to be kind to them and sometimes give them a hug!
Lunch club have been having fun in the forest too and last week during the strong winds we tested their shelter building skills. We spent the whole lunch time in the forest adapting our shelter to ensure we could stay dry. With lots of collaboration and team work, our shelter DID successfully kept us dry.