Year 2 have been getting to know their way around our Forest School with an Autumn Sightseeing Tour. Becoming familiar with how to move safely in a natural environment is very important for their future Forest School adventures and of course gives them an important skill set to use when they are out and about.
Starting in the small den building area, they were intrigued to discover some strange little dwellings and tried to work out who had built them. They searched for clues, estimating what size animal could even fit inside. They then moved onto the habitats which are scattered around our site and speculated who or what might be inside. Great excitement when they then found a group of hairy cater-pillars in our dry willow habitat. We talked about which animals might be about to go into hibernation and why, therefore, it’s important to protect these areas, not dismantling anything until the weather starts to warm up in the Spring.
Then it was on with the tour, next stop the cooking area. Practicing how to get in and out of the fire pit safely, without the campfire lit, will prepare them for when we start cooking together next term.
A beautiful afternoon fostering relationships with nature, through regular personal experiences, in order to develop long-term, environmentally sustainable attitudes and practices in the children, which then carries through to the wider community.