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!
We did some awesome noticing today. We even found some ladybird larvae and a baby greenfly, they are so tiny!
The children from Cirp were awesome this morning. We started with a challenge to move the action man from one tree to another without him touching the floor. The boys collaborated to set up a zip line. Some of them had done this a long time ago and started to remember how to do it and the equipment they would need. It was good to hear how the children worked out how the string needed to be to make it work. Afterwards some of the boys were persevering to make sparks with the fire steel. They were so proud when they managed to make sparks, especially when they carefully lit some tinder. I was so impressed with how well they listened and followed directions to stay safe. This gave us opportunities to talk about fire safety.
This afternoon y3JW were stretching their noticing muscles. We found out that even when you think you have seen something you might not have noticed all of the details or important parts. We also thought about how sometimes people see things differently or with a different point of view and sometimes people think they have seen something happen and what really happened wasn’t quite how it looked.
This afternoon we talked about superheroes and some of the special powers they might have. Next we thought about some of the things they are really good at. This made us think about some of the learning heroes we have in school. We started to think about Noticing Nigel and how he uses his senses to find out information about things. We played a game where we had to look at something and then remember things about what we saw. We found out that it isn’t easy to remember all of the information we saw, this is why we have to keep practising and stretching our noticing muscles.
The weather has been glorious, the sun was shining but the woods were lovely and cool under the shade of the leaves. Everyone has been so busy today stretching different learning muscles. I took different resources to the woods today, crayons and papers, spades, magnifying glasses, some hammers, things to make bird feeders and some pots and pans. All of the children led their own play and learning. I loved standing back to watch some children doing an observational drawing in the woods. This morning I loved seeing some of F 1 using sticks to make a big X to show where they thought some treasure was buried.