During their PSHE sessions Year 3 have been learning about friendships and how the art of co-operation and negotiation can make communication more positive. Understanding compromise can be a tricky concept to grasp, so practical sessions that link to this kind of theme are really important so we can see the children apply what they have learned. This task is very simple, lifting pallets from A to B, but it actually requires some quite advanced communication skills to ensure success.
Before they begin the children must risk access, not just for themselves but also their team-mates. This must be done continually until the task is completed. Eye contact is extremely important, as are clear verbal commands. They must decide if they need or want a leader, if so who would be the appropriate choice, that everyone will respond to. They need to accommodate each others strengths and weakness and plan that in, so that everybody feels that they have a part to play. It is no good going at the speed of your fastest team member. Learning to compromise for the good of the team. What will you do if someone gets tired and has to stop? Does someone need to go backwards? Are there obstacles? Not being afraid to stop the activity and reassess if it’s not working is a skill in itself. Taking a bit of time for reflection can be the difference between success and failure. Phew lot’s to think about. As you can see they worked very well, were calm and co-ordinated.
Principle 3: Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
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