Our Reception children are just beginning their Forest School adventures. Todays challenge was to create a shelter for our furry friend, the squirrel.
If you were a squirrel that lived in the woods, what would you want to make it cosy and comfortable? The children had plenty of ideas. They were encouraged to describe what they had built and they are beginning to use the correct positional language. Estimating size is a tricky concept and there was much debate about whether sitting on something is actually a shelter. This kind of imaginative play really gets the children thinking, such an important part of learning how to solve problems and to collaborate. Forest School programmes aim to develop the physical, social, cognitive, linguistic, emotional and spiritual aspects of the learner. Here we see all those aspects in one simple activity.