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Forest School Week 4

The children are growing in confidence as we expected this week.  We were particularly pleased to see children challenging their gross motor skills, problem solving and assessing risk.


We introduced open fires this week and we talked about the safety around fire.  The children also whittled sticks using knives and then used their stick to toast their marshmallow or pastry on the fire.

The children are motivated and enthusiastic about the tree swings and ladders and each week we have tried to increase the level of challenge by changing something about the swing or ladder.  This week we removed one stair from the ladder so it was a bit harder to balance and still climb the ladder.

We also made the foot swing with a monkey bar to swing from.

We still love the swing!

The children challenged themselves by putting the rope over two trees and making their way across.

The children are enjoying the freedom they have to move around and to be in the great outdoors.  It is a lovely experience each week to look at the views, see how the trees are changing and to admire the local wildlife.

Forest School – Week 3

This week we noticed how much more we could see in the Busby Glen Wood due to the trees losing lots of leaves.  We could see the river and the train going over the bridge.

The children were a bit quicker walking to and from the forest, so we think they are getting used to the walk.

We have been focussing on building friendships, becoming aware of risk and how to manage this and of course enjoyment.

The children are very engaged and motivated by swings!  They love making the swing  with rope and a sturdy branch for a seat and then off they go.

This week they made a foot swing and a ladder.

We created tree art with some clay and the natural treasures of the forest.

We tried out the slack line.

Our Forest School experiences are allowing our children to learn about the natural world and I love this quote from John Muir which sums it up perfectly: