The second Forest School block has begun with gusto. The children have been reunited with their woodland necklaces, are embracing the elements and are very much back into the spirit and routines of Forest School. We have continued to develop our understanding of our world by ‘digging deeper’ into how nature works through exploring food chains and ecosystems through games, activities and investigation. Children have been learning about the marvellous and important world of our minibeasts, exploring their habitats as well as learning ways to hunt and handle the little critters gently. Children’s tool using, collaboration and absorption skills have been challenged in the creation of a minibeast mansion, one that any self-respecting bug would be proud to call home!
Imagination, problem solving, planning and revising skills have been put to the test when the children have come to the rescue of the Patcham Infant fairies and worked collaboratively to rebuild a whole fairy village which has been blown down in a recent storm.
We have been exploring stick biology and structure by learning about the ever giving elder tree, using tools to transform elder sticks into charcoal pencils, beads and even homes for solitary bees. We are looking forward to making elderflower cordial with the children when the flowers appear in early summer.
Years 1 and 2 have been enjoying their trips to the SWT Deneway woods. Here children put their resourceful and reflective learning power muscles to good use when child initiated learning comes into its own. Shelter building has been taken to another level, dens are now being extended and upgraded to include fire circles and gardens, swings and soft furnishings. Natural potions and paints are being mixed with pestle and mortars, nature explored, clay creatures created, fires lit and popcorn popped and enjoyed. All in all a fabulous time is being had by all. Looking forward to the challenges and delights that Forest School will bring as we move into the warmer seasons ahead.
FOREST SCHOOL NEWS FLASH: Spotted at our Sussex Wildlife Trust FS site in the Deneway nature reserve woods. Take a look at the nocturnal goings on when we are away! Film recorded by a SWT camera trap in March 2017... Lots of great wildlife footage of our furry and feathered friends.