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.
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 children had spent the morning at the forest hunting for different types of seeds and brought some back to the centre to show their friends. Some of the children were very inquisitive and wanted to know what all the seeds would grow into.
We decided our favourite was the beech nut as it looked like a baby hedgehog. One of the children noticed that one of our beech nuts was starting to open and we could actually see the tiny seed inside. Val found another beech nut that had opened completely which the children were able to harvest the seed from. They then went to our mini forest and planted it to see if it would grow next year.
We are so lucky to be able to watch our forest grow every year. So far we have; oak trees from acorns we planted last year, apple trees from seeds we gathered during snack and cherry trees that we have grown from cherry stones. The children love learning about nature and are developing their own nurturing skills by caring for their plants.
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!
We worked with ropes today. Wrapping them round trees, making knots and we made a swing!
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!