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This week is was year one's turn to take part in a Forest School session. We built a shelter in the sunshine which was tricky but we helped each other and managed to sit underneath it! We then collected twigs to make some Woodland wind chimes. We painted them in bright colours, tied a thread around each one and then hung them in the trees.
Next time you are outside listen carefully as the wind knocks them together. What does it sound like?
Nursery enjoyed making bird feeders for our feathered friends that visit us around school. This is how we made them;
Reception class enjoyed their Forest School session in the rain! They collected lots of twigs and they turned them into Magic Wands by adding ribbons, wool, feathers and flowers. The rain did put a dampener on things and we decided to finish them off indoors. The children did really well winding the ribbons and wool and around the sticks.
Frankie said 'its tricky to put the flowers on!' With a little help from the adults he got there in the end!
Take a look at their amazing Woodland Magic Wands. Why don't you take a trip to the woods and make you very own Magic Wand
2J enjoyed their Forest School session in the sunshine. The worked really well together to build some amazing houses for the Boundary Fairies and their friends.
Year 2 Forest School Taster Session
Today 2A enjoyed their Forest School session. We played the game '1,2,3 Where Are You' and worked collaboratively to built some new twig and stick houses house for the Boundary Fairies and Elves!. The groups then talked about their houses to the rest of the group explaining their ideas and designs.
Everyone did really well!
Building Shelters - Year 4
In Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv (2005) calls attention to the drastic epidemic that is destroying the relationship between children and nature. A transformation has occurred in the past few generations due to government institutions, parents, and educators that have shaken the foundation of this crucial relationship.
Forest School at Boundary Primary School
What is Forest School?
Forest School originated in Scandinavia and was brought to the UK in the early 1990s. Sessions are always child led (to foster independence), long term (to build trust and relationships) and outside (to gain the many physical and emotional benefits from being in nature). The Forest School ethos aims to promote students’ confidence, social skills, sense of self-worth and emotional well being in an outdoors environment.
Children are not directly taught, but are encouraged to find things out for themselves through play i.e. games, stories, creative expression and sharing. Through play the child develops their initiative and imagination (problem solving), learns resilience and resourcefulness (perseverance and determination), how to give and ask for help and support from peers (emotional intelligence and teamwork), and how to appropriately self-manage risk in an increasingly risky world.
What happens in Forest School?
Activities are provided during a forest school session but the emphasis is on the children choosing what they do. Activities might include den building, log transportations, cutting firewood and fire building, crafts such as making a dream catcher or clay creatures, group games, flora and fauna ID as well as stories and collaborative activities.
The obvious benefits of improved co-ordination and physical health from doing activities outside are enhanced by opportunities to develop imagination and initiative; problem solving and perseverance. Children are encouraged to try things out and learn from experience, rather than rigidly following a set of instructions. This often involves learning how to work as a team to get something done, feeling comfortable with asking for and offering help and learning how to cope with failure or setbacks. These are seen as important skills to take with them into the adult world.
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