Forest Schools Best Bits

We are now at the end of our Forest school block one, what a journey it has been. Stephanie, Sharon, Val and Gemma have had the pleasure of seeing your children grow through the last ten weeks. We have observed children grow in confidence, taking on new challenges and building new friendships.

Here are some of our favourite memories.

Mud Make up became a tradition.

Our children challenged their gross motor development and reached new goals every week.

We learned new skills with tools. We assessed the risk and made decisions based on our own and others safety.

We watched as children developed new friendships and worked with each other as a team.

Our most favourite and memorable day was in week 6 – the mudiest week of all! We made a mud slide. There was laughter from all, children and staff and it will be a memory we treasure forever. For us staff, we appreciated how lucky we are to have a job that fills us with so much fun, joy and laughter.

We finished our journey off with a cook out which went down a treat.

We have had a great 10 weeks and we hope to hear how your child’s experience has been through our evaluation sheets. If you did not receive one please let Stephanie, Sharon, Val or Gemma know and we can get one to you.

Christmas is for Giving

This year we asked our parents if they would donate to charity at Christmas instead of buying staff gifts.  Many families took up the offer and we raised an amazing £126 for Oxfam.  This week the children chose the real gifts:

  • Life-changing Chicken – £13
  • Team Toilet – £10
  • Safe Water for a Family – £10
  • Poverty-busting Pig – £23
  • Support for a Refugee – £25
  • Super Girl – £13
  • Fantastic Farm Kit – £5
  • A Super Goat – £25

We donated the spare £2 to help with the printing costs.

The children then ordered the gifts online and the money is now with Oxfam.  Our gift cards will be here in January.

Merry Christmas to families in far away places who are living in poverty.  We hope that Cart Mill families have helped just a little bit with your struggles.

Thank you also to Esme and her family and to Ben and his family who bought us real gifts too.  Esme bought us a UNICEF inspired gift of helping a child to learn and play and Ben bought us fruit credits for a Govan project, Locavore, who help provide fruit to refugee families.

Christmas at Bonnyton House

This morning some of our boys and girls visited the ladies and gentlemen of Bonnyton House.  The children enthusiastically sang a variety of their Christmas songs and the ladies and gentlemen even sang a rendition of We Wish You a Merry Christmas back to us!

After our singing we had a chat with the ladies and gentlemen about what we thought Santa would be bringing us this year.

We then all sat down to enjoy some juice and crisps as singing is thirsty work! We had a lovely morning making some new friends and thanks to the residents of Bonnyton House for having us!

We are looking forward to welcoming them for a visit to Cart Mill in January for some Scottish singing and celebrations.

Christmas Spelling!

In the literacy area today, the children have been practicing their spelling using the magnetic letters. The boys and girls discussed all the different Christmas words that we could think of and tried their hardest to find the letters to some of their favourite words!

”I can spell the word tree”
”I am looking for C for Cat”

”I am looking for R for Rudolph”



Santa and Gingerbread Biscuits

We have have had a special visitor today. Santa came to the Centre and left lovely presents for all the children, which can be collected when the children leave at the end of the day or at lunch time. Also the children have been making gingerbread biscuits and hopefully will get time to decorate them before taking them home. As this is my last blog before Christmas may we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

O’ Christmas Tree, O’ Christmas Tree

Christmas is in full swing at Cart Mill, the children have been very busy using lollipop sticks to make colourful Christmas Trees. They have been sorting their sticks into sizes and discussing the colours they have picked. Everyone said their favourite part was sprinkling the glitter over the finished tree!

“The glue looks like snow”
“This stick is the biggest”
“I like the red stick”
“The glue is sticky”