Welcome to Forest Schools!
At Croft Infant School, Forest School is a child led programme that allows the child to explore, experience and appreciate the outdoor world through play and practical activities. The planned sessions and activities provided by the Forest School leader are a direct result of the interests shown by the children during each session. The children experience the natural world whatever the weather and so can learn and appreciate the seasonal changes and how the environment changes over time. Sessions provide opportunities for children to develop their communication, speaking, listening and team building skills alongside increasing their knowledge of the natural world and learning about trees, mammals, plants and birds.
For our Forest School sessions we use the woodland at Alfreton Park. The park offers a range of different areas including a coniferous woodland, broadleaved trees and field areas. During Forest School sessions we aim to teach and involve children in the caring and sustaining of the woodland environment including minimising the impact of activities on the site.
The children were asked to find different coloured leaves and we practised saying the names of the colours in the different languages that some of the children speak. We learned that in Polish brown is 'brązowy', green is 'Zielony' and yellow is 'żółty'!
We looked at (but didn't touch) fungi that we found out in the field.
We had a stick throwing competition!
We have made bark rubbings on different trees.
We practised climbing trees safely!
We played 'Nut, Nut, Squirrel!' which is like 'Duck, Duck, Goose!'
We found conkers that had been nibbled by squirrels!
We painted natural objects with different coloured paint. We learned that if white paint is added to paint the colour becomes lighter, and adding black paint makes the colour darker.
We chose sticks and ordered them from tallest to shortest!
We had fun climbing a big oak tree!
We all created our own nature 'photo frame'using natural objects we found around us including conkers, leaves, feathers and pine cones.
We could hear birds in the trees above us and saw squirrels running across the woodland floor and climbing up into the trees and they kept throwing half chewed conkers on our heads!
We talked about the differences of light in the woodland compared to in the field area by looking above us.
We have been busy finding natural woodland objects and describing them. We found crunchy objects, smooth objects, soft objects and hard objects.
We searched across the fields and under the trees to find conkers and acorns.
We collected different objects including sticks, conkers, leaves, acorns and branches to show our friends back at school.
We enjoyed our hot chocolate and biscuit snack!