The KS1 group really enjoyed toasting marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate. They listened sensibly about how to keep safe.
We sang songs around the fire and listened to the birds singing too. Three pairs of garden birds came to visit us, the most I’ve seen in the Forest School area. There were two blue tits and two other pairs that we haven’t identified yet.
To end the session we poured water on to the fire and made a wish.
The KS2 group were brilliant as well. They wanted to cook something else on the fire. It was a bit windy so we made a wind break using a tarpaulin and logs. Some children used peelers to peel bark off hazel sticks. We were going to use these to cook with but unfortunately it was still too windy for the children to enter the fire circle. Instead we wrapped the scone mixture in tin foil and cooked it in the embers of the fire. It got a bit burnt but the children said it still tasted delicious.
As the session came to an end it started to rain a little and a beautiful rainbow appeared.
Today the weather was perfect for a fire, dry and not windy. We talked about how to keep safe. We remembered how to kneel and what to do in an emergency. Then we all enjoyed toasting and eating marshmallows.
It was great to be back out in the Forest School area with the KS2 group. Despite it being a few weeks since our last session the children had remembered the rules and routines.
We played a few hide and seek type games to make sure we kept moving in the cold weather.
The children made their own choices for part of the session. It was great to see lots of team work and children being very focused on what they wanted to achieve. Some children decided to work alone but were just as determined to be able to complete what they had set out to do.
This den became the perfect place to sit and read a book 🙂
These children had a clear goal and with two others communicated well and worked as a team to achieve it.
Some children worked with me to use the bow saw to cut branches. This is a good mindfulness activity as the only thing you can think about is what is happening there and then 🙂 The children need to listen carefully and follow instructions. They also enjoy that there is an element of risk involved and feel a sense of achievement when they have cut through the branch.
This week Year 1 took part in forest school with Mrs Grant. We were shown how to be safe around a fire. We used our senses to describe what we could see, hear, smell, feel and taste. It helped us to create some superb Firework Poems. We enjoyed tasting hot chocolate!
Some of the children finished their wood cookies, we wrote one of the Fruit of the Spirit on each one and then made a hole with the palm drill, threaded wool through the hole and hung them in the willow dome.
We also made a rope swing and had great fun using it. I was impressed with the way the children took turns.
This week in our Forest School sessions we used the bow saw. We listened carefully to the tools talk so that we knew how to use it safely. We used the bow saw to cut slices of wood from a branch. we then decorated the slices and wrote a Fruit of the Spirit on each one. Next week we will finish using the palm drill to put holes in the slices and then we can hang them up in the willow dome.
On Thursday some of the children worked together to make a small den / house for an animal. It even had a swimming pool!
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