Forest School at Lowercroft
Year 2 have been thrilled to be the first children in the school to attend forest school in the Environment Area. They have really impressed with their behaviour, maturity and independence. We began our first session by exploring the site and getting to know some of the wildlife that we have at our school. The children worked together to identify wild flowers and natural treasures. They were very excited to find lots of bird poo! A small group were thrilled to find a beautiful robin's egg on the ground. A super start to our forest school sessions, well done Year 2!
Year 1 Week 1
Year 1 were very excited for their first Forest School session in the sunshine! We spoke about the rules of our sessions and how we keep ourselves safe outside. We also learnt a little more about what nature we might see in our Enviroment Area and the signs of Summer that we might see. Well done Year 1 you had a super session and showed your teachers that you can follow all the rules!
Year 2 were very keen to build some dens in the Environment Area. We studied some different types of dens to build and discussed how to make them sturdy and safe. Then we set a challenge - the den had to be big enough for one member of the team to fit inside and it had to be waterproof! Year 2 split into groups and worked really well together, listening to ideas expressed by others and discussing their strategies. They followed all the safety rules that have been set even reminding others in the group to keep themselves safe. I'm happy to say that all the dens were waterproof!
Mud day went down a storm at forest school this week. Year 2 learnt what mud is and how to make it. They really got stuck in! Some children were unsure at first about touching the mud but after standing back and watching for a while nearly everybody got their hands dirty. We made our own natural paintbrushes (and learnt some simple knots in the process) and painted with mud. We also made mud faces and played lots of rounds of mud splat! To finish off we played mud and spoon races before heading off to wash our hands!
Please note there is no forest school next week 12th May due to teacher training.
Another super day at forest school were we managed to dodge the showers and stay mostly dry! This week we put our perseverance and our muscle to the test. We made 'wood cookie' necklaces to remember our time at forest school. The children were instructed in to use a hand drill safely and they worked really hard to drill the hole for their necklace. Many children commented that the electric drill they had at home would be far quicker! Well done Year 2!
Next week will be Year 2's final forest school session, to celebrate our time together in the woods we will have a small campfire and roast marshmallows!
For our final week we marked the occasion by trying our hand at campfire cooking. All the children had a turn at making the sparks using a flint and steel which they were very familiar with from Minecraft! They were very impressed with the result. We talked about the different things needed to make a campfire including tinder, kindling and fuel and everyone enjoyed their marshmallows and biscuits. Well done Year 2 your behaviour and attitude were superb and you involved yourself with all aspects of forest school and given everything a go! I do hope you have enjoyed your time in the woodland, I'm already looking forward to next time!