An important part of the Forest School sessions each class in St Johns
have every week is to allow for natural Free Play. This allows
children to use their creativity and develop their imagination,
dexterity, and other strengths. It also helped them to practice
decision-making skills and try on different roles within a group.
This week 4DR used their forest school session to build a viking
Longship out of Pallets and Sticks!
St John’s and Winyates’ staff had a packed two days of training at the beginning of this Autumn term. They used their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) alongside bags of creativity to work collaboratively in order to solve a problem posed to them.
The experience allowed them to appreciate the skills required by children in their class as we begin our journey to being a partnership of schools which offer excellent STEM teaching.
In addition to this, as all children this year will be involved in Forest School work to develop independence, teamwork and empathy skills, teachers and TAs were able to immerse themselves in Forest School activities. They took part in a blindfold challenge, climbed trees, learnt how to whittle, use bow saws, how to build a den and create art using natural materials!
This week the children have been enjoying homegrown lettuce leaves from our Forest School garden at lunchtime.
Since starting Forest School in September I have introduced the children at St. John’s to the Woodland Trust’s ‘Green Tree Schools’ award. It is a four tier award programme and we have participated in hands on activities and learning opportunities which gain us points towards each level. All the activities encourage them to explore and care for our natural world. Some of the things we have done include planting tress, creating habitats for animals and understanding the impact humans have on the natural world.
I am so pleased to have reached the third tier of Gold and even more proud of the commitment the children have made to the award. I know that as we work towards the platinum award the children will continue to develop a deeper understanding of the environment and how they can make a difference.