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!
It’s week 7 already and this week the children enjoyed whittling a stick with a potato peeler and then wrapping the croissant pastry round the stick to cook it on the fire. It is very comforting and satisfying to bake something then eat it especially on a cold/wet day.
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!
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.
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.
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!
What a great week we have had getting back out to explore the forest. The children have been learning about the route to the forest, looking at all trees on the way.
A little bit of rain has fallen today but it has certainly not dampened our spirits!