As the Spring Equinox has just passed, the children talked about the advent of spring and played some games in our newly planted tree circle; familiarising themselves with the North, South, East and West. They talked about where the sun rose and set.

Then they played a game of ‘Fox and Rabbit’ as a whole class; the fox trying to catch the rabbit, as they darted to safety in their burrows.

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.

Willow Class reflected on their recent learning about the layers of the rainforests and related their knowledge to the woodland they were in. They looked at forest floor plants; delicate celandines, violets and wavering wood anemones and then they looked up into the lower canopy at the willow tree blossom.

Then it was onto drawing, stream play, and tree climbing and also challenging themselves to walk the slack line without a guide rope.

Some children got out the tools to try to adapt a piece of wood into a tool with a flint ending. They ended up creating a wooden instrument! Others used the chalks they have been engaged in drawing with at school, to draw and create on pieces of wood under the shelter.