The Impact of Forest School for the children is the knowledge the children have gained from the Forest School experience.
The impact 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.
We all learned how to identify brambles by collecting blackberries to make into paint, inspired by the ‘Elmer the Elephant’ story. We took them back to the classroom to experiment with tomorrow.
The children learned that the ‘Wellingtonia’ Tree showed us the way to go. They learned that they could identify it by looking at the skyline and finding the triangle shaped tree.
The children learned to identify acorns and find the oak trees which they came from. They proudly collected a whole bag
full, which we have brought back to school to explore, create and play with further tomorrow and next week.
The children have started learning the skills involved in independently climbing the stiles on the way to the woods.
The children learned how to think of their safety and that of others when we were on the old railway line. They know to shout ‘Pedal Power’ to others to warn each other of oncoming cyclists, so they can be safely to the side as the cyclists pass.
The puddles were fun!
This week the plants the children could all name were stinging nettles and they pointed out that they needed to stay back and not touch them.
At the bridge the children listed out and heard a troll or a dinosaur underneath the bridge! They used their imaginative story telling skills to imagine what it might be and inspire them on their adventure!
The children learned not to touch fungi in the woods. This Fly agaric was easy to spot.
They also were curious cats by asking noticing and asking questions about other fungi.
The equipment we used today was the handwashing canister. We learned to wash our hands in the woods ready for a snack after our long walk!
The children explored their own interests in the woods, exploring the site and finding a swing to practise their independence at using it.
They also showed how they are learning to work together to take it in turns to have a go at climbing the fallen tree. What a brilliant first week in the woods Maple Class!
It was great to see the perseverance of the children getting themselves ready, walking all the way to the woods with such enthusiasm and interest in their Autumn environment and their curiosity and teamwork in the woods.
A massive thanks to our volunteers who supported the children with all of their exploring and learning. We can’t wait until next time!