It is with much regret that we are cancelling today’s forest school session (16/3/20) due to reduced staffing.
Today (Monday 9th) we decided not to go to the forest due to the low temperature, heavy rain and strong wind. We always think about the children and how the weather might make them feel.
We may have to cancel tomorrow’s session (Tuesday 10th) due to the weather forecast for rain and strong gusts of wind 40 mph.
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.
What a great feeling to get back out into the forest today, especially as the sun was shining. After all the rain, the forest was alive with new growth.
The children spent the morning exploring our new site and the verdict is – “it’s really good” and “I want to live here!”. Now, where can we pitch the tents?
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”
”Swinging on the rope swing”
”Looking at the leaves”
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!
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:
Swinging through the air!
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.
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!
It is small and then it is big.
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.