Forest School - Year R
In Year R we are very lucky to be able to run a six week forest school programme, working in conjunction with the Wildlife Trust staff at Swanwick lakes. Forest School is based on the Scandinavian philosophy of outdoor education. During our time at forest school we took risks and set our own boundaries as to where we thought it was safe and not safe to go.
Each week we explored our area and looked for seasonal changes. We sawed our own wood to make a necklace and showed great perseverance when hand drilling a hole. We climbed trees, made dens, made clay faces for the trees, went bug hunting, slid down muddy slopes, made swings out of rope.
As we became more confident we learnt how to make sparks using fire strikers and then we used the sparks to make our own fire. We made pop corn on the fire and toasted bread ready for snack. We all had an amazing time and many children have grown in confidence and have become much more aware and interested in the natural world around them.