What a beautiful morning to be creative, catch up with friends and start our journey into this years Forest School sessions. Linking to the topic of Vikings the children began setting up a boat building area. They started gathering resources from around the site and made their first models. Simple rafts using tape a sticks, more confident children used wool for fastening and we began to see the use of sails. Some children discovered how easily vessels can capsize, how tricky sails can be and that strong fastenings make all the difference to avoid collapse. It will be interesting to see how their ideas and skills progress over the coming weeks. Boat building will certainly help the children learn the value of persistence and resilience will also be a focus to their PSHE lessons.
Meanwhile others were clearing the thistles from the raised beds, showing confident and independent use of the tools. They began cutting back last years Christmas trees using loppers, the remaining trunks are useful in den building and for firewood. The children also refueled with freshly picked tomatoes and cucumber, what a perfect start to their Year 4 adventures.
Principle 3: Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
Article 6 – We all have the right to succeed in whatever we do.