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.
Wednesday 3rd October 2018
Mrs Body, Mrs. Pinkstone, Mrs. Chamberlin and Mrs. Taylor
Session 2 for Year 2s began by the children telling Mrs. Taylor the rules that they have to follow. Then off they went to explore. Lots of activity around the rope swings again and more work on the den that was built the last time they came, luckily the year 1s didn’t bother with it when they came down! The fallen tree was very popular too. After snack, all the children decorated elder wands in their own style, with forest treasures that they collected. Even Mrs. Pinkstone and Mrs. Taylor made one each! There was an amazing discovery of a dinosaur hidden within the old log or was it a snake’s head? This caused great excitement. Another wonderful session.
Mrs Body, Miss Clarke, Mrs. Ritz and Year 6 helper Jamie Clayton.
Session 3 for the Robins. They enjoyed the rope swing again and spent some time using the spare ropes to make dens. They used their initiatives and made brushes out of branches to sweep up the leaves to make a house for any passing hedgehogs. They also continued with making the site look good by threading conkers onto twine and hanging them from the trees. There were a few mini beasts collected today, a ladybird, 2 earwigs and a beetle. These were safely collected and analysed in the bug boxes and then released! We also found a small black bug which could fly and jump! The children and Miss. Clarke were very interested in it! I think that it was a flea beetle. This was another lovely session.