Forest school for this term will be for year groups 1, 2, and 3. Each class in each year group will visit our forest area on a three-week rota.
Most of the sessions will be child initiated and they will lead their own learning creating a group CAFRA (Consider All Factors Risk Assessment) and then evaluate and reflect on their own progress. The Forest School practitioner will give them a challenge and then observe the children and facilitate their learning to reach the outcome.
The classes in Year 1 have been very interested in making obstacle courses and have been challenged to move through forest school without touching the ground! They have also been noticing the changes that happen in the autumn, in particular looking at all the different shades of the autumn leaves.
The children in Year 2 have been particularly eager to use the mallets and pegs to hammer into the ground. All of the children know how to be safe and responsible when using the mallets. They have also been keen to dig and look for buried treasure and have made a very interesting collection of magical stones and pebbles. The autumn leaves have also been used to make beautiful leaf kebabs.
This year group have really tied themselves up in knots!!!! Their challenge was to move things round forest school, without touching the items except for using a piece of rope. The groups showed excellent perseverance and communication skills when learning to tie knots. They then developed their learning into making balance scales which they hung in the trees.
And of course all the groups thoroughly enjoy Ms Hoole’s hot chocolate and yummy biscuits!!!