North Star Academy

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Ws ~ Extra Curricular Activities

Forest School 2019:

Anton Matthews - Forest School Coordinator.

The ethos of Forest School is to allow pupils to instigate, investigate, test and be curious about the world around them, allowing for all pupils to participate and succeed within the activities.

We believe in children's need to play, and the need to access and experience the outdoors. Pupils should be exposed to controlled risk and the reality of the natural world. Pupils should experience a healthy range of emotions, through all the challenges of social interaction, to build a resilience that will enable continued and creative engagement with their potential, their peers and their environment.

Children engage in motivating and achievable tasks and activities throughout the year and in almost all weathers. Children will work with tools, play, learn boundaries of behaviour, both physical and social, grow in confidence, self-esteem and motivation whilst developing an understanding of the natural world.

Our lessons always have aims and objectives based on engagement, behaviour, social interaction and enjoyment and encourage independent learning and an enjoyment for the outside environment.

Activities may include:

· Understanding boundaries
· Tool use
· Studying wildlife
· Participating in group and team games
· Sensory activities – finding objects through colour, texture, size and smell
· Shelter building
· Tracking games
· Fire lighting
· Cooking on an open fire
· Using a Kelly kettle
· Art and sculpture work
· Patterns
· Woodland and traditional craft – jewellery
· Stories and drama
· Physical movement activities, e.g climbing, digging and dancing

Forest school does mean Forest school FOR ALL. We do stock extra clothes for all weathers but ask that parents and pupils think about the usefulness of their clothing for outdoor activities, and to be aware they may well come home with muddy and wet clothes.
We encourage a level of risk-taking, always under close adult supervision, and actively develop friendships and collaboration between all pupils and staff. Forest school activities are always designed to produce success and enjoyment, even when this appears to be of a transitory nature. The forest environment is an environment where pupils can create and produce memories which will last for many years.


Anti-bullying Ambassador Training - October 2019

Anti-bullying Meeting Minutes - 4th December 2019

Australian Rules Football:

A Kick and a Catch

Last week our students were treated to a 'come and try' session of Australian Rules Football. Students were invited to attend a session delivered by Mr Wyatt and given a brief explanation of this strange game and shown the basics of handballing and kicking. Every student participated and gave their best effort.
We look forward to holding more sessions in the future to help develop their skills.


Archaeology Visit:

On Tuesday the 7th May we were very lucky to be visited by Mrs Rachael Hall from the Bristol Museum. She introduced us to the world of archaeology (the study of human history and prehistory through the excavation of sites and the analysis of artefacts and other physical remains.). We were able to hold Stone Age artefacts such as spear heads and hand axes made by humans more than a 100,000 years ago. All the students were curious and respectful and we were very proud of their attitude towards our visitor and the exhibits that she brought to show. Well done Holly and Apple class!


University Visit:

In our TOPIC sessions this term Year 5 and Year 6 have been exploring the way the human body functions. In lessons we have been learning about dental hygiene and how our digestive system works.

On Wednesday the 1st of May we were very lucky to receive a visit from people from the Science department of Bristol University specialising into making science accessible for primary school students.

4 workshops were simultaneously running focussing on: 1) circulation and blood, 2) human digestion and physiology, 3) Dental Anatomy and Hygiene and 4) Infection control and immunity. Dr Gail Born and her team shared many interesting facts about how human body functions and our pupils had the opportunity to participate in an experiment which showed them how human heart works!

We learnt a lot about the different types of teeth and we even had the opportunity to see animal teeth! We enrich our knowledge on how to improve our eating habits and how to keep germs at bay! It was a wonderful experience!



The Wild Place School Trip:

In our Topic lessons this term Years 5 and 6 pupils have been learning about predators and prey. In these lessons pupils have been looking at the adaptations of predators, food chains and we have even created our own ultimate predator.

On Tuesday the 2nd of April Years 5 and 6 visited the Wild Place Project, and were very lucky to partake in an educational session on wolves. The lovely staff at the Wild Place took us to the wolves and taught us all about how the wolves hunt, live and adapt to their climates. Sam told us many fascinating facts, including showing us on a globe where you will find wolves around the world.

We then took part in an activity where we had to be wolves and reindeer creeping over pebbles and straw to catch our prey. Through this we learnt that it is very hard for us to be light on our feet, in fact, we wouldn’t make excellent predators!!

After this we had a walk around the Wild Place looking at all the other animals. Staff were so helpful, meeting us along the way and telling us facts about the animals. We had the most wonderful day.

Year 5 and 6



Wildlife Nature Photographer:

Wildlife Photography, Bristol Museum Project.

On Thursday 25th April, our whole school has worked with professional wildlife photographer and author Iain Green who delivered a workshop for our pupils. They learnt about the natural diversity and wildlife found on our doorstep. Iain shared his skills and cameras and every child was able to get up close to the wonderful nature in our school grounds and photograph what caught their eye. Everyone did themselves proud and produced some stunning images. A selection of their photographs will be on display in Bristol Museum over the summer so watch this space for future dates.



Avon Fire Brigade:

On Tuesday the 26th of March we were lucky enough to have Avon Fire and Rescue Service visit our school to talk to our pupils about fire safety.

Here, the fire-fighters told us all about the incredible work that they do, including helping at car crashes, rescuing people from water, rescuing animals, and educating people all about how to stay safe.

One of the fire-fighters showed us his uniform. He had big steel cap boots on to protect his feet and long yellow leggings to protect his legs from the heat. He also had a hood to protect his head, as well as a helmet.

We watched a video called ‘Francis the Firefly’ which taught us all about the dangers of playing with matches. Then the fire-fighters taught us how to listen out for fire alarms at home and that if we ever see fire to shout ‘FIRE’ not ‘HELP.’

In class we then took part in a lesson where we looked at fire hazards in the home and planned how we escape if there was ever a fire.

Bristol Bears:


RSPB Visit:

On Tuesday the 8th of January we were lucky enough to receive a visit from the RSPB. Charly and Tony came to our school to work with our Upper Key Stage 2 students, completing the Bioblitz Challenge.

Firstly in class Tony explained the difference between birds and other types of animals. Here the students identified that birds have beaks and feathers. Together we looked at how birds differ from other types of animals.


We then studied feathers and look at how they help birds to fly.

We then moved out into the school garden where we looked at the environment. Here we had a worksheet containing different things that you may find in the outside environment. In pairs we had ago around the garden and find them, keeping a tally of how many things we found.


We looked for birds’ nests, birds in the sky, woodlice and bugs, certain plants, mosses and flowers. We found additional things that were not on our worksheet such as spiders and worms.

All students loved looking closely at their natural environments, and we are very grateful that Charly and Tim came and spent some time with us at Woodstock School.