Forest School is proving to be a great success and is a highlight for both the children and adults each week!
Spending time at Forest school provides the children with the opportunity to explore, evaluate and take risks, cooperate and develop new friendships, build their fine and gross motor skill and to learn new skills. What we do adds to and develops what the children have learnt in class and we have already seen the positive effects on their confidence and relationships.
We are now regularly having a fire at our sessions and children have been taught how to behave safely; they all kneel in the ‘respect’ position when they are near it. They have been using small tools to cut wood, hammer nails and fasten pieces together using screws. These activities are child-led, they have been taught how to use the tools safely and thoroughly enjoy the achievement of sawing a stick into tiny pieces!
During the final sessions before Christmas, all of the children across Reception are each making a special stick star that they tie together using simple knots. We will take these back to class to decorate and then they will go home at the end of term.