Forest School Update 9th July

This week, Oak and Beech Class created Olympic Stadiums in Forest School! They also did some pond dipping (Sophie found a massive slug!), beautiful art work using natural media, and some more hammering of nails into woodwork.

A big thanks to the PFCS for the donation of the enamel mugs! The children enjoyed some yummy hot chocolate in the new mugs!

Eco Helpers Update 9th July

The Eco Team were busy this week making their display in the sports hall. Key Stage Two children researched how we can help save the planet. Key Stage One children looked at how long different types of material take to decompose! They also put information up on which bin to use for different materials.

Eco Helpers Update 2nd July

The Eco Team used litter pickers this week to pick up litter around the school. They found various bits of litter, including plastic wrappers. They did such a fantastic job of cleaning up our school and were so proud of how the school looked afterwards. Thank you Eco Team!

Forest School Update 2nd July

This week in Forest School, the children went pond dipping and found newts and dragonfly larvae. They also found a frog and some worms! The children started to make the scarecrows for the Chiddingly Scarecrow Trail, created some woodwork pieces (hammered nails into wood and used thread to make their initials), and created a home for bugs. They also had the slack line out, did some den building, and some gardening (planted some vegetables and sampled some snap peas)! A big thank you to Miss Waterman and all our volunteers.

Forest School Update 25th June

Oak and Beech had a fun-filled Forest School session this week in the beautiful sunshine! They did lots of activities, including playing ‘spirits of the forest’. This is a game where Mrs Vile and Miss Boswell were the spirits and they were trying to change the ‘animals’ into trees!

Forest School Update 18th June

Oak and Beech had a wonderful time in Forest School this week. They spent time in the garden planting sweetcorn and repotting pumpkins, went pond dipping, played with the mud kitchen (and got VERY muddy!), balanced on the slack line, made head pieces with leaves and bracken, and even found a frog! Thank you to Miss Waterman and all our volunteers for an excellent session.

Forest School Update 21st May

Forest School this week was so much fun! The children did some more pond dipping and found lots more newts! Our tadpoles are really thriving in our little pond too! You can see Olivia, Skyler and Archie having a look in the photo below!

Willow Class did some seed sowing, they planted radishes and beetroot. They also de-headed some daffodils and planted some poppys!

The children did some mud painting and added food colouring to the mud to see the different colours the mud turned. They made their own paintbrushes using sticks and grass! The paintings looked amazing!

Willow Class made candle holders using string and glass jars. They also did some woodwork using nails and string!

The Class also did all the usual fun Forest School activities like den building, free exploring and bug hunting! Great Forest School again!

Forest School Update 14th May

This week Willow had a turn at Forest School and what a fantastic afternoon it was! Despite the rain in the morning, the weather stayed dry in the afternoon and the children were able to do lots of different activities.

The children did some pond dipping and found crested newts, dragonfly larvae, diving beetles and all manner of creepy crawlies! Take a look at our pictures of Jacinda and Olivia pond dipping.

Pixie and Grace had fun making mud cakes and drinks from the mud kitchen!

The children enjoyed woodwork and made their names using saws and hammers. Owen did a great piece of woodwork and you can see it in the picture below!

Maizie and Molly did some bug hunting and found some more creepy crawlies!

Sophia, Amelie, Luna and Pixie did some gardening with one of our volunteers. They built some wigwams for the beans to grow up!

Alongside all this, the children also built dens and did a variety of games at the beginning of the after-noon. A great time was had by all. As ever, a huge thank you to all the lovely volunteers who help out at Forest School.

Forest School Update 7th May

This week Sycamore concentrated on map reading. They were all given a map to follow and each time they reached a certain point, they were given a task each time. The tasks involved things like code breaking, matching different trees and footprints to animals.

The fastest team were Isobel, Lacey and Casey!

In second place with the number of correct questions answered were Katie, Sienna and Chloe with 47 points!

In first place were Hope and Olivia with 48 points!

Well done to you all!

The session was finished off with hot chocolate and marshmallows with biscuits!

Forest School Update 26th March

In Forest School this week the children experimented with water bottles! They cut them in half and put a dish cloth material over the end which was cut. Then they dipped it in water and washing up liquid to make bubbles! They had lots of fun chasing the bubbles! The children had toasted marshmallows and toast with lots of different toppings! Chloe Hewitt in Beech said ‘Best Forest School ever with marshmal-lows and toast!’ The children where also really helpful with moving some tadpoles from a small tank into a bigger tank. They found rocks and logs and scooped water out from the small pond for the bigger tank. They then spent lots of time observing the tadpoles and seeing it they had legs which would mean they had turned into froglets! They also spent some time digging for treasure! A great Forest School after-noon all round!

Forest School Update 19th March

Forest School was so much fun this week! Oak and Beech Class did some pond dipping to try and find newts. They found lots of frog spawn! They also did some bug hunting, which mostly found worms. Some of the children are really brave at handling worms! The children also did some den building and built a huge spider web which they had fun crawling over and underneath! The children did some bark rubbings and also drew on the bark using chalk. They dud in the mud and also climbed trees! A fire was built and the children were able to enjoy some smores to finish off the session!

Forest School Update 12th March

Oak and Beech were very excited about their Forest School session this week. The started off their session becoming the wind and leaves whilst moving around the field… it was a very windy afternoon! Then they took part in a Forest School style relay race! When they went into the hall they had a look at some frog and toad spawn and made life cycles, used clay and branches to make sculptures and even minibeasts!

January Reopening Update

Dear Parents,

As you may have seen in the Government announcement this evening, schools will now be closed immediately until further notice. This means that Chiddingly school will be closed to ALL pupils on Tuesday 5th January.

Online learning (as specified in the letter sent today) will start tomorrow morning.

We will be in contact tomorrow regarding in-school provision for vulnerable pupils and children of critical workers to begin later in the week. In the meantime, please fill out the critical worker google form if it applies to you, by 12noon tomorrow (Tuesday 5th Jan).

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Forest School Update 11th December

This was the last forest school of the term before Christmas. Willow enjoyed the treasure hunt around the fields! They had to search for clues which then led them to other clues and a prize of Haribo sweets at the end!

They also enjoyed creating and making Christmas crafts using twigs, cardboard and string. They made bunches using Christmas tree, Holly and Ivy, wrapped with a ribbon. They looked great!

The children then finished of the garden area as a big group and it looks really good!

A big thank you to Archie P, Jacinda, Skyler, Arthur and Kalian for giving up their lunchtime to make a start on the garden area. They really helped to speed the process along and did a brilliant job! Thank you!

Forest School Update 4th December

Today in forest school we did arts and crafts in the hall as it was dreadful weather!

We got a black piece of card, covered that with glue and created a pattern with string then we put tin foil over it. Then we put our fingers around it to cause a dent showing the pattern. We then used sharpies to colours them in!

We did a picture of trees where we used masking tape then we used water colours to create the background. After that, we pulled off the masking tape to reveal the trees! We painted on leaves with poster paint using green, yellow, red and brown.

Lastly, we could make snowflakes by folding paper and cutting into it.

Written by Owen and Archie P


Forest School Update 27th November

This week in Forest School Willow started to get the paths ready for the huge pile of woodchip which was very kindly donated to us by Josh Penrose. The children spent time scraping out the path so it was free of weeds. Archie S did a grand job of revamping the little garden – well done Archie! The children had hot chocolates and toffee apples which they thoroughly enjoyed!

Willow Class also used tools during Forest School to make jigsaws. They cut pieces of wood, drew pictures on them and then cut different shapes out to create a jigsaw!

Forest School Update 20th November

This week Willow absolutely loved Forest School! The children went down to the woods and did some free explor-ing.
They also spent some time making dens and playing ‘dogs out of logs’, where they used logs as dogs and took them for walks! The children also did some climbing and playing in the wood.

They were set a challenge to build a bridges with the volunteers and staff in groups. They had to be able to bal-ance a bottle or a log on the bridge, be able to move underneath it and also had to be able to sit on the bridge. All the groups succeeded and had a brilliant time!

Forest School Update 13th November

This week Willow thoroughly enjoyed Forest School! We were on the school site today enjoying a huge variety of activities! From gardening and crafts to building dens and toasting marsh mellows on the fire!

The children explored the wide variety of leaves that can be found on the school playing field. They collected as many different leaves as they could from different varieties of trees – they found loads! This highlighted how many different types of trees they can find in your local area (linking brilliantly to our topic!). Later they used leaves to create some beautiful, colourful art pieces! Some children helped to lovingly plant bulbs in the nature garden, ready for spring! Children also had the opportunity to go on a bug hunt – even a newt was found! They made impressive, well thought through dens and toasted marsh mellows on the fire!

Forest School Update 23rd October

This week the children were really lucky and treated to a treasure hunt! Clues had to be followed which ultimately led to a prize for each child! The children made pizzas and roasted smores over the fire. They also had some free play and exploring time, which involved making dens and climbing trees.

We have had a really successful first term of Forest School and we think the children have thoroughly enjoyed themselves!

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our volunteers who have helped with Forest School and Miss Waterman for running them!

Wellbeing Day


During wellbeing day Oak class talked about what makes us happy and we thought about all of the things we are grateful for. We got a big role of paper and filled it with some beautiful drawings that show everyone what makes Oak class happy.


On Wellbeing day Beech spent time looking at ‘zones of regulation’ and how we can describe the way we feel using colours. This built on from our learning at the beginning of term linking to The Colour Monster. We made our own colour gauges for our feelings, acted out different scenarios and decided what would be the best way to manage our feelings. We made some ‘feelings catchers’ to help use share our fears and know how to deal with them. We also looked at how to keep our body healthy as well as our mind. We learnt about how to be safe around medicine and reminded ourselves about the number 999! We learnt how to help each other and thought of some words to describe how amazing we all are, we then used these to write about ourselves! We ended the day with mindfulness and learnt some great ways to use our breathing techniques!


Willow Class enjoyed Wellbeing Day on Thursday. They learnt about the Zones of Regulation model where they learnt to put their emotions into a coloured section, then they learnt what to do to deal with them. They painted their emotion faces with the colour that the emotion represented. They also learnt about how to deal with emergencies in their first aid lesson. They looked at some scenarios, then dis-cussed in groups what they would do.


Sycamore had a great day for Wellbeing Day. They did various activities in the morning, including doing some gentle exercise and finished the day off with Forest School where they spent a lot of time doing quiet activities which gave them the opportunity to reflect and think.

Forest School Update 16th October

The weather was much better this week which we were really pleased about! In this weeks forest school we focused on wellbeing. This meant a lot of our activities were linked to being calm and reflecting. We finished our clay leaf prints which we painted with sponges and acrylic paint. We made dream catchers using hazel twigs, feather and leaves. They look amazing! We did some gardening and free exploring. We also did spent some time quietly to reflect and think about wellbeing day.

Forest School Update 9th October

In Thursdays session we did lots of craft making; leaf printing in clay, turned them into a bowl shape for putting keys, money or any small bits and bobs.

We also did some art using string and white paint and this gave everyone different pictures.

The children made clay garden cane tops and made various animals; snakes, snails, dogs, tortoise’s and bugs.

The children also had free exploring play in the top field and played team games.

Forest School Update 2nd October

This week we were lucky with the weather and Sycamore had a great day exploring. Some made dens using ropes, tarps and long branches. Then some boys decided to make a rope swing and a zip line which they had great time on. We had the slack line up for children, they had to work as a team to get across it. They also did leaf printing and willow weaving making hearts.

Last of all the children made toffee apples cooked over the fire, then dipped in sugar and then heated to make the sugar turn to brown. Then they had to wait for the toffee to harden and to cool. The children loved it and of course we had smores too!

A big thank you to the volunteers who helped this week at Forest School.

Forest School Update 18th September

Sycamore enjoyed their first Forest School of the year yesterday and were improving the grounds of the school: digging, cutting, planting and weeding. They were rewarded with marshmallows round the fire. Thank you to Miss Waterman and her team of amazing helpers for this opportunity!


Government abandons plans to reopen primary schools to all pupils in England before the summer holidays.

Dear Parents/Carers,

Gavin Williamson has abandoned government plans to reopen primary schools to all pupils in England before the summer holidays.

Instead, the education secretary said schools will be asked to take in whatever children they can while sticking to the rules on maximum class sizes of 15 pupils and social distancing.

I will be working with the leadership team and Governors to look at best and fairest way of organising the remaining weeks of this year for our pupils, whilst still keeping everyone safe.

We will research any new guidance, adapt our action plans/risk assessments and will be in contact with our plans as soon as possible.

We would all like to thank you for your continuous support and patience.

James Procter

New AMAZE Support for Parents

Amaze has a brand new section on our website all about Coronavirus and children and young people with SEND in Sussex.

The Amaze SENDIASS team worked closely with the local authorities in East Sussex and Brighton & Hove to get accurate information about the way services are running during the pandemic and give advice about some of the complex questions and decisions that parents and carers may need to face. The sections include education, health and wellbeing, social care and safety, money and essentials and getting support from Amaze. We’ve also got a section just for young people that focuses on their needs and worries.

The new SEND Coronavirus advice section is here:

Safe Reopening Arrangements

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope you are all well. Thank you for your patience & understanding whilst we have been working on the arrangements for how we will potentially reopen the school.

Please refer to this letter detailing the measures being taken at Chiddingly School to ensure, ​as much as possible, a safe reopening could occur from June 1st 2020, provided the government confirm their 5 tests have been met.

We appreciate that this letter contains a great deal of information, but please do read this carefully so that you are aware of the measures being taken in school to keep pupils, parents, staff and the wider community safe.

The detail in this letter is applicable for the first phase of the reopening, only. Subsequent information about any changes that we need to make following further government guidance will be sent out in the same format, with changes clearly highlighted. You will see the letter is called ‘Version 1’ and any subsequent letters will be numbered so it is clear for you to see changes or updates. Click here for the full action plan.

Also available is a guide for children aimed at preparing them for the changes they will see in school, allowing them to be part of the risk assessment for opening and ensuring they are clear on boundaries before they come into school. If you are choosing to send your children to school, please share this with them to help them understand what school will be like. In addition, there are a number of stories and animations that are great for helping children to understand the pandemic which you may find useful to share:

 We ask that you email the school office by Monday 25th May to let us know if you are planning to send your child to school in the week beginning 1st June so that we can prepare for numbers and registers.

Please do not hesitate to get in contact if you have any questions or concerns about the potential reopening of the school and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We hope you have a lovely half term,

Mr Procter and Miss Lewis

School Reopening Update

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you and all your families are keeping well and staying safe during these challenging times.

The Government have said that schools may reopen as early as the 1st June to Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 children if we are able to do so.

I just wanted to reassure you that although we all want your children back in school as soon as possible, we only want this if it is safe for your children, your families and our staff. Yesterday we received more guidance from the government and we are in the process of planning how we can open safely to those year groups in the coming weeks.

I also wanted to let you know that when we do open to those year groups, it will be up to you to decide whether you wish to send your children in or not. You know your family situation best and if you decide to keep your children at home, we will support that decision. We will keep you updated with all our preparations for making sure the school is as safe as possible so that you can make an informed decision.

We would all like to thank you for your continuous support in helping your children to learn from home. I hope you all continue to remain safe and well and we look forward to welcoming you all back when it is safe to do so.

Yours sincerely,

James Procter

Possible Reopening in June

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am sure many of you will have seen or heard the Prime Minister’s message to the nation yesterday, encouraging people to return to essential work if they are not able to work from home.

In the same speech, Boris Johnson suggested that primary schools could potentially reopen to children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 from Monday 1st June, after the half term break.

We will need more detail from the government about how it plans for schools to operate during any phased return and we plan to communicate this to you as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,

James Procter

What Key Workers’ Children Did at School

The sun shone and there were Key Workers children at Chiddingly School this week.

The children started their Thursday with breakfast club and the spent an hour on online work on the laptops.

All the staff and children then took  half an hour with a workout in the hall following ‘Joe Wicks’ with his daily online PE session. It was tiring, but a great start to the day. Everyone then worked hard for over an hour with their set work from their class teachers.

We then all went painting and drawing. Easter cards, dinosaurs, birds and portraits. We explored paint and chalk pastels before heading out to the sunshine for lunch.

After lunch there was time to explore the trim trail and then explore the garden. The children started by weeding and cutting back dead herb growth from the flower beds. We collected the dried herb stalks to be good kindling for fire lighting for future forest School sessions.

The children tried tasting a few of the herbs growing. The gardening escalated and by the end of the day they had weeded a whole flower bed, dug up roots, shrieked at massive spiders, spotted tiny snails, made muddy holes and replanted lots of plants which were kindly donated to the school in January.

It was a great afternoon of engagement, learning and fun.