In the week of midsummers day, we have had rain, cold and now summer sunshine!

Lilac Class took along the litter pickers to collect rubbish on their way to the woods again today. It is great to see that it is an innate part of their journey and expectations of citizens of their community, that they want to care for it each week.

The impact of Forest School can be seen through the skills, tools used, art and craft activities, observations and knowledge of the fruit, plants trees in relation to the seasons and the skills involved in learning how to play Forest School games.

This week the class used tools to develop their creative design and technology skills. They started by using peelers to demonstrate their skill and control, and then moved onto using knives to carve, sharpen and create with. There were tridents, pears and a bow and arrow.
A group of children had decided to collect natural resources on the way to the woods and set about creating their own ‘small world’ in the woods. They used secateurs and palm drills to make holes in wooden bases and fitted cut wood into them, before creating sculpted clay animals to sit in their mini world.

The hammock was as ever popular with the children, as was the slack line. The children challenging themselves to balance along its length with the help of sticks. The perseverance seen was fantastic!

The children also spent time collecting logs for East Hoathly School, of our Pioneer School Federation, to improve their Forest School Fire circle. Armed with gloves and a trolley the children selected, lifted and transported logs, which were then driven to East Hoathly School. Brilliant strength and teamwork Lilac Class!

We would like to send a huge thank you to all of our volunteers for all of their support with Forest School throughout the year!