Welcome to Forest Schools!
Forest Schools is right at the beginning of our journey at Croft Infant School into providing opportunities to foster children's well being and self confidence by using our natural environment.
Here we will be sharing photographs of some of the lovely activities the children engage in. Keep checking for updates in developing our own Forest Schools site and our co-work with Woodbridge Junior School.
Week beginning 2nd May 2015.
today Year 1 have been learning the boundary chant at school. We have decorated our own talking sticks by working in teams. We have also shown respect for our environment by doing a litter sweep.
This week yellow group have had a wonderful morning out in the frost covered woodland. The children were quick to notice and comment on the changes in weather. Some of the children were able to mark make in the frost. They also worked safely showing awareness of the ground and the climbing tree being slippery but this didn't stop our play.
As it was so cold the children welcomed a drink of hot chocolate. They listened carefully and understand the need for kindling such as birch bark and dried out sticks to help fuel the fire. Well done guys!
Green group have been working on tool use this afternoon. They have learnt how to hold a Hacksaw safely and use it to cut wood. The children have practiced their tool use, tying knots and paint our Forest School sign for our tree. We have talked about only using tools under adult supervision as this can be dangerous. Great work everyone.
This week the children have had a craft session. We have been learning how to tie a clove hitch and a timber hitch using some string and a stick. Some children were successful straight away but most struggled. This was a great opportunity for the children to demonstrate their perseverance skills and team work. Those who learnt filtered through the rest of the group with support.
Following this the children made some Leaf Lanterns using some of the natural materials found over these last few weeks. When dry we are going to practice safe fire lighting using the candles to go inside.
A great days work, well done!
This week we have been using our map reading skills to locate Forest Freddie hissing at our Woodbridge Site. Back at Croft we have replanted a Rhododendron bush and sapling. We found mushrooms and worms in our forest school garden. We spoke about not picking mushrooms and berries linked to our Forest School boundary chant song. Some of us even had a go at tying knots when erecting our shelters. We need to think about making the shelters stronger for stability.