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.
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.