It’s nearly end of another term. This half term was very excited as we started our Forest School sessions. We go twice a week in two groups of ten children and three adults to the local park. Our designated area is not really a forest, however does have trees, soil, bugs, logs and mud! So we can call it a Forest School!
The idea of Forest School is to encourage and inspire children and adults through an innovative, long term, educational approach to outdoor play and learning in a natural environment. Every week we do really exciting things, dressed in waterproof clothes and wellies. It’s interesting to observe children’s progress, as some of them were scared to sit on the ground at our first sessions! So many children don’t have access to green areas in London and providing them with that experience on daily basis is amazing!
Our sessions last two hours and so far we dug for bugs, hammered sticks into ground, observed birds through binoculars, built a shelter, built bird feeders and last time we did a marshmallows on the fire and we made medals by cutting a log with real saw! The possibilities with Forest School are endless!! I think that Forest School training is the most exciting training ever within an Early Years and hopefully I will be able to attend one very soon!