Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.
Year 3’s Forest School
We had 10 sessions together, and a fair few of these sessions we had to wrap up, as the weather was interesting.
Due to high winds, which meant it was too dangerous to be amongst the trees, we ended up working inside. We made heart shaped wands using our new knot tying skills and willow.
We used a variety of tools such as sheath knives, secateurs and loppers. We created bird feeders and finished off with a camp fire.
Year 2’s Forest School
Five sessions with Year 2 children and staff.
We played games at the beginning of each session. The children particularly loved the ‘Camouflage’ game, as well as the ‘Squirrel’ game. The games we played really helped to develop communication and team work.
We explored our environment more closely, using colour charts, go-find cards and leaf identification sheets.
We made new homes for our pebble friends.
The children all learnt how to use tools safely, by learning tool talks. We worked with mallets, potato peelers (for whittling wood) and fire steels.
We pounded colour out of leaves and flowers, using the mallets. Look at our fabulous work!
We learnt how to use fire steels, after we had discussed fire safety.
The children helped find tinder and kindling for the fire, placing it in order of thickness.
We had a fabulous last session toasting our own marshmallows, making popcorn and drinking hot chocolate.
The children helped to build the fire, and they helped to put the woodland back to how we found it too. We used this as our final reflection time.
We talked about how we needed to respect our woodland, so some children helped pick litter up too.
I can already see the impact Forest School has had on Year 2 children in such a short space of time, but they shared their thoughts regularly at reflection time. Here the children are using the reflection stick at the end of one of our sessions.
Here we decided to use the natural environment to make words to show others what we thought about Forest School.
The weather was very kind to Year 2, but in the next sessions I can see a few tarps being needed now the weather is changing.
Year 5’s Forest School
We played lots of games to warm us up, and to develop our team work skills.
We played ‘Pick up Five’ – to create a simple natural collage.
We learnt two tool talks. One for the ‘loppers’, and the other for the ‘sheath knife’. this then enabled us to use them safely.
We learnt to tie reef knots. Here we are making golf sticks and picture frames.
We learnt how to use ‘fire steels’ safely to make a fire.
We gathered sticks, and learnt about the different sizes need to build a campfire. We then put them to dry for a few weeks.
We had a campfire.
We toasted marshmallows and made our own popcorn.
Year 5 had the coldest Forest School so far, but they worked so hard.
This is what they thought about Forest School.