As the sun shone on the carpet of coloured autumn leaves the year 2 children enjoyed a forest School afternoon. Challenge and risk were the key words for the afternoon and the children certainly demonstrated their ability to set themselves some testing challenges.
On a sunny Friday afternoon Year 2 Kestrals and Hawks enjoyed their first sessions. Acorns and conkers were discovered and blackberries were collected with many squeals of delight! The blackberries and apples soon began to be turned into culinary delights such as fairy soup, crumble and fruit mask. Hands were painted and trees decorated with red prints. Weapon creation required good creative and imaginative skill along with a little knife work to help ward off the evil forest creatures!
The Children enjoyed trying out their hand at a little tool work at forest school today.
Some of the children in Reception became very creative with clay this week. They decided to use the clay to make a nativity picture on a tree. To complete their picture a collection of natural materials were then added the results were stunning and the children were very proud.
This week the children in year 1 and Reception have been using knives to whittle sticks and cut string.
finches created a wonderful autumn picture whilst out at Forest school this week. They hunted for items that they liked or thought were interesting and placed them carefully to create this super picture. One child even dragged branches to create a frame around their work.
Forest School is up and running Reception had such fun collecting blackberries and experimenting with the whilst other’s climbed, took risks and began constructing an outdoor kitchen! Nursery child also enjoyed a visit to a new site this week.
This week the Finches were challenged to use water for a purpose in as many different ways as possible. Some of the children decided to explore the depth of the stream in different places, initially with their wellies and hands. later they decided to use a stick and thought of different ways to mark the depths.
Another group of children drew water from the stream and carried it into the denser area “We are being Bear Grylls collecting water to survival!”
Some children found some wood pulp and created more by scrapping a rotting log to cook porridge.
Robins enjoyed their first session of Forest School this afternoon at our stream site.
They explored and collected items from the forest floor to create a bug. Some of the children used a knife to sharpen the end of sticks in order to thread items onto or to stake into the ground.
There were some very imaginative forest bugs created and plenty of risk taking, creativity and critical thinking, problem solving, collaberation and communication skills in evidence.
The sun shone as we set off with nursery and After School club yesterday to enjoy exploring the site by the stream.
Cooperation and collaboration, communication and understanding, consideration of others, risk taking and challenge were all very much in evidence.
The nursery children explored and found an empty egg shell and tried to make a nest for the egg. The girls found a hole and dug for worms.
The After school club has a challenge to undertake when they spotted a brick in the stream that they wanted to retrieve. the problem was they were not to get their feet wet! how far can i stretch?, Will this branch be long enough?. Can we find a longer stick? I need some help to drag this long piece of twisted wood please. i am delighted to report that the brick was retrieved and much merriment ensued!”
The value of forest School is immense.