Forest school enriches our children's learning and encourages them to be adventurous, imaginative and observant. Mrs Body works closely with the class teachers to link forest school with all areas of the curriculum and our school values.
The children develop in confidence as they achieve new skills; both social skills, such as collaboration and personal qualities, and personal, such as initiative and determination. These skills develop over the block of sessions through real life experience in our beautiful woodland and the journey to it. The children learn to care for themselves and develop trust in each other while playing. They are taught to use tools safely and respect the natural world.
We will set off in almost all weathers which gives us opportunities to build shelters, get muddy, cope with walking on hot summer days and occasionally build snowballs and snowmen. Whilst there are real challenges and adventures, the children’s safety and well-being is at the heart of forest school.
The weather has thrown all that it can at us this term. Initially, it was bright and sunny, then it was cloudy and rainy, followed by snow and then heavy frost, then muddy and dry, but bright. So, we only got very wet during one week out of six. Not bad for winter! The weather did not stop the children from enjoying everything that the sessions could offer them. They made rope swings and dens, bows and arrows and swords and also a den for a dragon! There were animal traps dug and trees climbed. Someone also found a skull of an animal and after a bit of research it was decided that it was from a fox. Then I introduced two pulleys for them to use with the ropes. These were greeted with much interest and soon the pulley system was up and running with a large wooden stump on the end which was pulled up and dropped onto a pile of branches causing them to make a wonderful snapping sound when the stump was dropped on them. This was met with great cheering and delight from the children. Using the pulleys encouraged the children to work together and it was lovely to watch. We did not forget the birds and made them some feeders to keep them going during the winter. Oh, and to keep the children warm, I took some hot chocolate down to the site each week which was gratefully received by them. (Mrs Body)