I love RSP and getting to meet some of the children who will be starting nursery in September. It’s always great to meet the new families (even if I already know some of them from Rising Stars).
Today didn’t disappoint, we had two groups in the woods today. We went on a bear hunt, painted with mud, looked for bugs and had lots of fun. We even toasted our own marshmallows. I can’t wait to spend more time in the woods with our new, super explorers!
Thank you to everyone who came to play in the woods today, I hope you had as much fun as I did.
There has been so much learning this week, lots of smiles and laughter and loads of chatter. It has been brilliant! Not just because of the great weather but because of our amazing learners.
This morning our groups were trying new skills or practising skills they had tried before. It was good to see the perseverance. I loved seeing the children supporting each other and giving advice to each other about techniques they find easier.
This afternoon y2JJ continued their training to become super heroes. This training starts as soon as you join WCPS and continues even after you leave. It starts by suppprting everyone to become a super learning hero. This week we were practising our noticing skills by drawing what we could see and hear in the woods.
What an amazing day we had on Friday. Lots of fun and learning!
Year 4 were finding out about materials and their properties. They were looking for the best materials to insulate their bottle babies. They needed to work together to make decisions. They were really good at reading the thermometers.
The year 5 and Rising Stars group had lots of fun exploring.
This afternoon we had a small year 3 group and so we were able to do something different.
The children needed to listen really carefully and remember lots of directions, this meant they needed to really concentrate to manage their distractions. They were able to do this and had such good fun learning a new skill and all about the safety aspects involved.
On Friday year 6 came to the woods for their last session in the woods where they would all be together as a class, and it was AWESOME! I decided to get together lots of resources such as tarpaulins, ropes, sticks, string, clay, pencils, paper and knives. This is the first time we have brought out knives with a full class in the woods and it proved to be the right group to do this with. The children were set a task to create something that represented what Forest School means to them and they quickly became absorbed with creating dens, making clay models, drawing pictures and chatting about the different things they have done in the woods. This was one of my favourite and most memorable sessions in the woods, and it will be how I remember year 6 when they move on to their new schools. The buzz was awesome, they learning was incredible and the atmosphere was just full of fun, contentment, learning, pride and responsibility.
Have a look at out video to get an insight into the morning. Sadly it doesn’t fully show how much the children gained through the opportunity to use tools. You could visibly see their confidence growing and the pride was oozing from them as they began to safely, master a not so easy skill!