Today the children explored the local forest, they collected lots of logs,twigs and leaves from the woodland floor and used other items to build a den to hide in.
While collecting there was still time to climb a few trees and have a look at the surrounding area.
This week at Forest School, the children spent time on a rope swing we made together, and also spent more time climbing and balancing.
There was lots of problem solving skills as we worked out how to create our rope swing and where it was best positioned.
It is inspiring to watch the children challenge themselves in the woodland. Often, for some children, climbing a tree can present a challenge. As adults we never lift the children up or down from a tree. If a child tries many different ways to climb up and then works out how to climb down by themselves , then they will have risk assessed the situation by themselves, on the way up and down and will know what they need to do to be safe.
Nathan described to his friend how he got up : “you put one foot up, then bring the other foot up then pull yourself up”
Jade spent some time balancing along a long log, she slipped off many times, but achieved her goal in the end with determination and motivation. She also climbed a tree, look at the sense of achievement in her picture.
Rowan liked the fairy den we made last week, so we made another. This one has a proper roof to give the fairies shelter. Rowan said it was better than the other one.
I loved Rowan’s description of the Forest, she said “It’s very sticky”. I asked her what she meant, she said “there’s lots of sticks!”.
The children decided that they wanted to take some torches into the forest. They helped us to find some tiny minibeasts and see them more clearly.
We made some little flower posies to take back to the centre.
Whilst we were having our snack, I asked the children to close their eyes and tell me what they could hear.
Olivia and Rebecca could hear the birds, Lewis said “I can hear the wind and leaves”, Mhairi said she could “feel the rain”.
Here is some information on the art of ‘forest bathing’. Why not try it?
Today was a beautiful warm spring day. Perfect for forest school. The children got to work to build their shelter so that they could plan for their learning and play in the wonderful outdoors.
Zoe helped the children to tie up the ropes to make a fantastic swing; everyone had a turn to swing and to push.
Climbing trees is also great fun and the boys and girls practiced their climbing skills, they helped each other when necessary.
Then it was time to sit down for a story and to have some snack. It’s been hard work outdoors.
In the afternoon the children found some sticks. They used string and other materials to weave the pieces of wood together; some children made their own stickman from the story by Julia Donaldson.
Jillian and Zoe led the Forest School group today. As part of Forest School we all work together, this means carrying all our resources to the site. The children all have their own rucksacks, therefore the load can be spread easily. They packed them independently, as this was the only way theu would know what was inside each bag.
This group very quickly adapted to the woodland environment, and even from week 1 were showing creativity and imagination as to what they would like to learn in the forest.
Jillian and Zoe were there, however can you see how the children are off and exploring on their own? The children know that the only rule they need to remember is that they need to see and hear the ladies at all times.
A rope was required for this experience…
With minimal input from Jillian and Zoe the children are leading their own learning.
Some bubble fun!
When we went down to the woods today, we sure got a big surprise!! Last week at Forest School, the children decorated a tree and made a little house for the fairies. They also sprinkled some chocolate powder as they thought the fairies might like some.
It was all gone! Did the fairies come and take it?
We took some clay into the forest and made some forest faces.
Always time for a bit of climbing at forest school.
Another fabulous Forest School session..
Carrying our own kit is all part of the Forest School process
Following the leader using a rope with our eyes closed….
Taking small achievable steps make anything achievable…
The “after” picture”. Note the volume of mud, dirt etc!!
The ground was slippy and uneven, which was tricky with a few things to carry but we managed it.
Archie and Isla were pleased to find out where the forest was in relation to our centre. It’s not far at all.
Isla started our session by suggesting that we make a Stick Man! We agreed this was a good idea, so we started to search for leaves and sticks.
Stick Man’s nose!
Abby found exactly the same leaf that Stick Man in the book has.
We found a head, arms and legs, and here he is! he has pride of place now on our interest table in the hallway. Watch out for him as you come in and out.
Our afternoon group of children had a great first session of Forest School. There are so many pictures to choose from for the blog, this is a tiny selection, watch our tv screen for the rest!
We had an adventurous afternoon, we explored our forest school site to identify any hazards, we talked about safe boundaries however we didn’t need to set any as the children understood they were safe as long as they could see and hear Lorraine and Jillian.
Alexander took charge of our tool box. Getting ready to set off with our new Forest school jackets and trousers!
Off we go..
This tree branch became a focus for the children who all worked out how to climb it then walk across it and jump to the ground at the end.
Great sense of achievement!
Helping each other, teamwork and co-operation. Looking forward to next week.