Week Ending Friday 25th November
Well what another wet week we have had! We have been outside and in the outdoor classroom this week, but have also worked in classes, to accommodate the weather.
On Monday, it was our anti-bullying day where children thought and talked about different aspects of bullying and what we need to do to be kinder to both others and ourselves. So in celebration of friendship, some of Octopus class made friendship bracelets for each other. Some of the children found it quite challenging at times and were self-managers, remaining positive and persevering during the task. Nevertheless, in the true ethos of Forest School, which is there is no right or wrong way and we always celebrate our successes. Fish class also contributed to the anti-bullying day by making a friendship tree, consisting of their class handprints in a demonstration of friendship.
Seals and Seahorses continued to develop their natural curiosity and build on their interests by participating in different activities some extending their creative thinking and making more decorations. They have been using natural resources to create mud snowmen and continue to develop their fine motor skills in mark making and wrapping activities.
Rays, Turtles, Dolphins, Octopus class have continued to develop their tool techniques and have been using hand drills and hammers to create tree decorations. Safety is always a priority and children are continuously supervised whilst using any tools. Forest School practitioners are qualified to teach tool work and they receive comprehensive training when obtaining the Forest School qualification.
Jellyfish class have continued to develop their ‘The Little Mermaid’ story and this week have experienced muddy handprints to represent the fishes in the sea. Part of the Twinkleboost Explorers programme is to introduce new and different aspects of Forest School to the sessions and provides children with a unique and exciting way to learn and experience the natural world around them.
Part of the Forest School principles are that sessions are child led and provides pupils the opportunity to learn and connect with nature in an encouraging and supportive environment. Starfish class decided as a group that they wanted to explore the slack line as they had “watched some of the other children go on it” but had not experienced it themselves. So on a sunny Friday afternoon they became both team workers and self-managers helping each other in new challenges. After an initial period practising, Starfish pupils accepted a challenge of having the guideline removed and learning to support each other. They had great fun and showed great perseverance with their balancing techniques!