On Tuesday at Be Free Forest School, year 5 spent time becoming aware of their surroundings in the woodland which we have been visiting, noticing what is different, what has stayed the same and how they feel in this space.
Over the course of the last few weeks we have all become very fond of this place; the lake, the stream, the shrieks of the parakeets in the highest branches of the oak and beech trees. Children have made 6 weeks of memories here; led a journey of discovery of nature and their relationship with each other has strengthened.
This week we played in the woods and made discoveries in the stream about damns and current, stinging nettles and water levels. Children had asked to make something which they could take home in our final session, so we shared out sections of elder, using gimlets and screws to bore out the soft middle. Children created pea shooters and Elder beads for friendship bracelets.
Back at school we shared a hot drink around the fire and explored different materials which were available. The children led this session entirely, there were no adults ‘teaching’ or leading here and they rose to the occasion. This has been the most obvious development Year 5; they have increased in confidence and independence and are willing to try new experiences, to be curious and to discover things for themselves.
Finally, we gathered around the fire circle to share memories of our journey together, and, joined by our families, we roasted marshmallows. We also celebrated our volunteers, Mo and Peter and one or two parents also shared their observations of seeing their child participate in Forest School, learning freely in nature.
Have a SUPER half term all and for those of you I don’t see you at Camp Imagination, enjoy your week off and get out there to spot the buds appearing on the trees, Spring is here!