Teaching our children about the wonder of fire is an important part of Forest School life and is particularly relevant at this time of the year. We start with good safe practice entering and exiting the fire pit area. The children started practicing last term so this week they had a test session to see what they had remembered. They entered the fire-pit in a very orderly fashion and Miss Rowe was so impressed she challenged them to move onto the next stage, how to safely swap seats with someone without putting yourself at risk. The children executed this brilliantly, supporting each other and could explain why it’s so important not to cross the central fire area. The activity was carried out in groups so the adults could ensure each child was aware of the procedures. Once they had exited the fie pit they could explore or take part in an activity to create sparkler sticks. What a fun, sticky time we had. Whilst one group was in the fire-pit others enjoyed creating bouquets of leaves whilst others took part in an outdoor music session with Mrs Holt. A glorious afternoon of activities.
Forest Schools has demonstrated success with children of all ages who visit the same local woodlands on a regular basis and through play, learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others. We are now starting to see our reception children approach their Forest School sessions with this kind of confidence.