This week the group:
In this session Chestnut group tried a game with ribbons - the seemingly simple challenge was more tricky than the group had thought. We discovered that teamwork requires: sharing ideas, holding back, taking turns, trial and improvement, mutual respect. We thought about how we could adapt the game to make it easier and not get tied up in knots!
The group spent time reacquainting themselves with their favourite places and discovering new ones - who knew the holly tree hid such an amazing network of climbing branches!
A group of children were keen to improve the den that Bracken, my daughter & I had started in the holidays and another group were keen to make the dragon's nest, formed by Holly Group, even more cosy.
The final week of Forest School for Sweet Chestnut group - but only until the next academic year!
A party atmosphere was created in the wood by the beautiful bunting that the children had made and everybody busily prepared for the arrival of their parents and teachers.
Fuel was gathered, a fire was lit, elder pendants were made and wonderful creations were sculpted from clay. There was great excitement when our visitors suddenly appeared, making their way towards us along Chestnut Lane. They were given a guided tour of the woods before being treated to toasted marsh mallows around the fire (after they had been tested by our expert taster!).
I would like to say what a pleasure it has been to work with Sweet Chestnut group. You have been a fantastic group to have as my very first ever Forest School group and it has been great fun learning along with you! A huge thank you must also go to Brown Bat together with our wonderful parent helpers, Sarah Squirrel, Baljit Badger and Jenny Jackal. Thank you everyone.
A very soggy session in the woods this week but the rain did not dampen our spirits!The children tried out some new shelter designs and Brown Bat managed to keep a smile on her face!
At the end of the afternoon we all toasted marshmallows and sandwiched them inside chocolate biscuits to make s'mores. They were delicious!
The Little Friends had left the children some sketch books and some of the children chose to sit and draw in the tranquility of the woods.
The children enjoyed playing a new game in the woods this week called, 'Hunter, mammoth, mouse', before choosing how they would like to spend the afternoon.
Many were keen to refine their shelter building skills whilst others perfected their fire lighting techniques.
This group of children were excellent at improvising tent pegs and mallets from sticks they found in the woodland. They also created a special 'wardrobe area' for their coats and bags in the adjacent coppice stool. If only they could be so neat with their coats in the school cloakroom!
With a hail storm predicted, the group hastily learn how to put up shelters this week!
After successfully lighting our first fire, we toasted marshmallows. Some of us got very sticky!
Sweet Chestnut group enjoyed some team building games before working together to collect tinder and kindling for our first fire. They were delighted to see that the 'Little Friends' had left them a reward of some toasting forks for their marshmallows.