A DAY IN THE WOODS
Our forest school sessions run from 9 am to 3 pm, Monday to Friday. Monday to Thursday we also offer until 6 pm. Please contact us for details.
We all meet at our pick up and drop off point in the morning to prepare for our outdoor adventure. Once we are equipped for the day, we head off to the woodland area. We start each day by having a little circle time, planning with the children. We share ideas and decide on some of the things the children would like to do that day.
On some days we build a temporary shelter if needed with them to protect us from rain, give us shade and a cosy corner for resting. We involve our kids to check the site with us and a risk assessment is completed. The day is then a mixture of child-led exploration and play, which includes activities.
ADVENTURES WE PLAY
Digging and Climbing
Rope swings and bridges
Sowing sun flowers and growing beans
Play hide and seek
Birdwatching and finding animal homes
Painting and making kites
Making perfume & creating magic potions
Weaving grasses and willow wands
Little habitats and dens for all those creatures
Singing & Ryhming
and many, many more adventures.
Adult interactions are sensitive, making sure the children are supported when necessary and empowered to direct their own learning and achieve their own goals. Some days we go back to the club for a hot lunch or eat a picnic in the woods.
We vary the activities throughout each day and week so that the children are always stimulated. However, we revisit activities if the children wish to do so.
An important part of every day is reflection time, where the children think back over, and talk about, their session. This is done in a variety of ways depending on the children and may be based on making a picture or a collection of artefacts. This is used as a basis for planning follow up sessions.
WHAT TO BRING
It is essential that your child is dressed appropriately every day they come to into the woods. Dress them in layers, especially in Winter.
Please check here to on guidance of what to wear. A fresh and healthy snack is provided.
Please provide your child with:
A little back pack
Packed nutritious lunch