Forest School Construction.

Year 2 begin to learn more about tools and construction within their Forest School sessions. First sorting the hammers into different types, then we looked at what each type might be used for. We also talked about what you could use if you didn’t have a hammer and how could you improvise. The children sorted out the different nails and screws into the tool box, then the work began. Some of the children are working to create weaving boards and today we had our first finished article. Meanwhile we have been cutting back some of our large willow branches to create forked sticks. These kinds of sticks are incredibly useful to make a quick frame for shelter building. During the session the children are encouraged to talk about how they can use these skills in survival situations and what other things could they build.

Why use tools? Tool use is a fantastic way for children to take some responsibility for their actions. The sense of accomplishment once a child hammers their first nail, whittle’s their first stick, lights their first fire or saws their first piece of tree is also a great confidence booster.  Children also get a chance to progress their fine motor skills when using the specific pieces of equipment. It opens up their imagination as they realise they have many skills at their disposal.

Principle 4: Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.

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