Category Archives: Forest School

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

Forest School Today

Last week the children watched me make a swing with rope and a sturdy stick for the seat. Today, they tried to make their own swing which was brilliant to watch! Here they are climbing up the tree to throw the rope over.

Later, the children thought they saw a sea monster in the river.  We decided to get a closer look by standing on the riverbank.

There was definitely one in there or maybe more – the children were convinced! And we just love swings.

Forest School Week 2

Last week the children went to our smaller forest school but today we went on a big adventure to our favourite site at Busby Glen. There was so much to explore. The walk was very exciting, we saw a train track and went under a big bridge. We were told by one of the children there were 400 trees on the way. They  found some really big trees to climb and had lots of fun but the highlight was definitely the hot chocolate!

I can balance.
I’m going higher.
Can I put my biscuit in?

I love marshmallows!

This week in the forest!

Our first day back with the children was Wednesday and it was straight out to the forest for our Wednesday morning group. The children love to put on the forest make up and look at themselves in the mirror.

The children learned about how to build a safe fire.  The fire surround keeps everyone at a safe distance from the fire.  We used a Kelly Kettle to heat the water for the hot chocolate and learned about how this works.

The children used what they had learned and went off and made their own fire surrounds.

The Thursday group also learned about the Kelly Kettle and safe fires and helped create the fire surround.  They then enjoyed a well earned hot chocolate.

The Friday group love to explore.  They risk assessed whether it was safe to cross the river over a bridge made of stones. They decided it was safe after measuring the depth of the water as it would not be near the top of their wellies. And so we crossed over into a new part of the forest which was very exciting.

The teamwork that forest school involves is often overcoming challenges or problems and working together to find a solution.

We also found some shrimps in the water and had fun with the forest make up.

If you get the chance to watch ITV’s Planet Child please do. It is a very interesting programme about the freedoms children had in the past and what they have now.  Forest School allows children freedom to explore and take risks which is so important for their development of confidence and independence.

https://www.itv.com/hub/planet-child/2a5996a0001

 

Forest School Catch Up

Firstly I would like to apologise for the lack of posts from Forest School due to technical difficulties.   Secondly i hope you enjoy a look back on your children’s exciting experiences over the previous three weeks.

We have had experiences of:

Risk assessment – children have identified hazards from around the sites and we have discussed the actions we must take to keep ourselves and others safe.

Looking for wildlife – Children have been using the tools to search for mini beasts on our site, and fishing nets to look in the water. Children are then involved in discussions on how we respect the mini beasts and their habitats. 

Working with others in a team is something we leaders love to see at the forest.

Tree Climbing – Children have been exploring their capabilities when climbing trees, exploring measurement and developing their co-ordination, problem solving and balancing skills.

We have also had a band in the forest, Children are using resources from around our site to create sounds and are then performing these to their peers.

Some children started to build their own fire, firstly their insured their safety by creating a boundary around the fire. Secondly the children collected stick and built the fire. Lastly the children tried rubbing two stick together to make it light. Unfortunately this didn’t work however we will revisit this

Mud make-up – children have been creative using the pallets of mud make up that symbolises that they have been at forest school. Children have been proud of their make up and like to showcase this back at the centre and at home.

An interest in flowers sparked a beautiful transient art flower circle.

The children found fresh water shrimps that were so tiny we had to use our magnifiers to see them properly.

 

We also found a giant slug that we took back to the family centre to show our friends.

More Forest School photos this Friday!