Last week, years 3 and 6 enjoyed a fantastic ‘buddies’ trip to Hamsterley Forest. The forest itself is a delightful 2000 hectare oasis of mixed woodland lying between the Wear and Tees valleys.

Nestled within a sheltered valley, Hamsterley Forest contains a vast array of habitats (woodland, grassland, aquatic) facilitating an exciting range of learning opportunities for all the children. This was a great backdrop for Year 3 to further their knowledge about rainforests and compare Hamsterley to a rainforest in Brazil. The children enjoyed an interactive workshop where they worked in teams to complete challenges.

Year 6 loved using materials found on the forest floor to build different shaped dens. Once the children built a sturdy structure, they were then challenged to water-proof their den. Some children ended up slightly wet, but this was welcomed on such a beautiful, hot summer’s day.

To end the day the children enjoyed a ‘buddies’ walk around the ‘Highway Rat’ trail. The trail had panels to follow, with activities to interact with the forest. It ended in the park where the children (and adults) enjoyed playing on the Viking themed equipment.

The Year 6 chiIdren have really taken care of the Year 3 pupils over the year and I know lots of the Year 3 children will miss their ‘buddy’ when they move on to secondary school, though I am sure they now feel very confident and well settled into St Joseph’s Juniors and are more than ready for Year 4!

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