The Tuesday group love the water and they could spend hours playing here if our sessions allowed. They like the sensory experience of treading water and looking into the water to see lots of interesting things.
They also used the magnifying glasses to find mini beasts.
We always enjoy a hot chocolate in the forest and this week we used the Kelly Kettle to boil our water.
On Wednesday it was cold at our usual site as it did not have any sunlight. The group explored the forest and found a new area that we can use to rest our site from experiencing environmental damage through regular use. It was warmer here too.
The Thursday morning group were keen to explore the new site.
They found a fantastic tree to climb, gathered sticks to make a den and identified trees from looking closely at their leaves.
The Thursday afternoon group loved climbing the trees in this new area too.
The Wednesday group are very interested in the insects that live in the woodland. They went looking for them and then decided to make a home for them.
They gathered sticks, leaves and other items from the forest floor to create a home at the bottom of a tree.
The Thursday morning group learned about how to make a safe fire in the forest. There is always a fire surround made from sticks that establishes the fire area and ensures that the fire is a safe distance from the children. Fire safety forms an important part of the Forest School Leader Training.
Once the fire was established the children used their whittled sticks to toast a marshmallow on the fire.
On the way into the forest the children heard a loud sawing noise and noticed people up in the trees cutting branches. We talked about the job of a tree surgeon and why they need to cut branches sometimes.
The Thursday afternoon group made a raft to sail on the river. You can see the launch in this video.
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The children in this group also learned about fire and whittled sticks to toast their marshmallows.
The trees at this part of the walkway have been felled to allow a greater view of the river and viaduct. We love to stop and look at this view each week as it changes so much but is always inspiring.
It all started this week when we found an acorn. We talked about the acorn and where it had come from and we used our tree identification guide to help us. We found out it was an Oak tree and there was one nearby.
The children then made beautiful woodland transient art.
We took some tools with us to the forest on Wednesday and we made wooden objects. We then thought about if they could float or if they would sink.
We decorated them too.
“It’s a photo frame!”
We tested the objects out on the river.
The Thursday group was cancelled due to the weather but we will be back next week hopefully if the weather improves.