Forest School at Robsack Wood offers children and young people the opportunity, over repeated visits, to engage with the rich natural diversity of the woodland environment to help build confidence, sensitivity, resilience and curiosity. Activities that the children will take part in will range from identifying the trees and animals in our woodland to using tools, making fires and building shelters. Forest School aims to engage all children with the outdoor environment, as well as supporting them to become independent learners who are inspired to try out their own ideas, explore their own interests and to attempt new ideas.
Term Four 2015
Thursday, 11th May, 1:54 PM
What have Badgers and Reception been doing at Forest School?
Early Years have enjoyed exploring a very muddy woodland this term! The children have loved squelching and trekking through the sinking mud and have been making tracks and footprints with sticks and their wellies. Lots of fun was had using the mud to make and mould our very own mud creatures to hide around the woods. The children often wonder whether their creatures are still hiding down there.
The slightly warmer weather has meant the children have been able to spot some of the signs of Spring that are fast approaching. They have been eagerly watching some green shoots that have been popping up across the woodland floor over the weeks, and were very excited to spot the first flower that had bloomed from one of them.
Den building has proved a very popular choice of activity during Forest School this term. The children have demonstrated some brilliant team work to transport huge logs and sticks around the woods and have built some interesting spaces to play and hide in. In relation to our current interest story, Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson, some of the children decided the dens they created would be a new home for the witch who might like to stay there at night.
Towards the end of term, the child-led focus was on animal habitats and hunting for mini-beasts. The children found numerous holes of all different shapes and sizes which made them wonder; who might live in there? What animal or might fit inside there? How did the animal make the hole? Why did they choose that spot? And they continue to have lots of discussion about this!