Category Archives: Forest School

Has Spring Sprung?

It was positively springlike in the forest today. There were birds twittering in the trees and horses galloping in the field while the children explored in the sun. We found new trees to climb, developing our gross motor skills as well as developing resilience – “can we be brave and go higher?”
Snack was spent sitting in the sun, socialising with our friends and talking about what else we would like to do at the forest. We have been really lucky with the weather so far, long may it continue.

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Forest School Cook Out

Today the Monday group had their final Forest School experience. We talked about what our favourite things were over the past couple of months in the forest.  The children said:

”Hot chocolate with marshmallows”

”Jumping in the muddy puddles”

”Collecting acorns”

”Swinging on the rope swing”

”Looking at the leaves”

”Toasting marshmallows”

It has been such a wonderful experience for the children and for Fiona and I as we have watched how the children have developed greater levels of independence, confidence and resilience.

We all celebrated round the fire with some friends and a hot sausage sandwich – delicious!

 

Forest School Finale

We I It was our last week in the forest for most groups and we reflected on what we have enjoyed during our 10 weeks.  These are some of the experiences the children loved:

Getting muddy!

Swinging through the air!

Investigating nature!

Climbing trees!

Leaf art!

Toasting on the fire!

Today we celebrated our adventures in the forest with a sausage sandwich and a hot chocolate.

That’s Forest School over until February when we will have new groups of children to take on our adventures.

 

 

Forest School Week 9

It’s hard to believe that we’ve reached week 9 of Forest School. We’ve been so privileged to watch summer slip in to autumn and this morning we had our first taste of winter with frosty patterns to look at and crisp, crunchy sounds underfoot. Seeing the changing seasons in the forest is a wonderful way for children to appreciate the wonders of nature. As forest school practitioners, the changing seasons gives us the opportunity to discuss why these must happen but, the best part for all of us is the visual impact that seasons make in the forest throughout the year. Discussion with your children is endless; colours, changes, temperature, sounds, smells and who wants a hot chocolate! So, we hope that when this block ends after next week’s cook-out we have shared our passion with our budding foresteers and that they will join us for our Big Fit Walk on Saturday 9th November to share their new found appreciation of our beautiful outdoors with you!

Maths Week at the Forest

The boys and girls were looking around the forest floor at all the leaves and seeds that had started to fall to the ground. Everywhere we looked we found leaves that were green, yellow, orange and brown. The boys and girls began to see patterns in the shape of the leaves, then they decided that they could make their own patterns. They set to work gathering lots of different leaves and acorns and used them to make some lovely nature patterns!

It’s a rainbow leaf

I think it is a flower.


It is small and then it is big.

Forest school week 3

The children are developing new skills each week at the forest. Today our group had the busiest day ever! The boys and girls tried out some mud make up before we learned about being safe around a fire.

We pegged out sticks to make a safe zone where we could all sit, while Val heated water for our hot chocolate on the Kelly Kettle. The children used some fantastic descriptive words for the noises they heard from the fire. ‘Sizzle’, ‘woosh’, ‘hiss’ were just a few of them.

After hot chocolate we went exploring and were so lucky to find a door to a fairy house, we knocked and knocked but nobody was home.

We finished our busy day collecting bags of nature to take back to Cart Mill and show our friends.

We had thought about making little rafts today but the river was just too fast so we decided just to watch it for a little while.

What a big waterfall