Spring CPD

🌳🌲🌳EXCITED to have completed the first module of this led by the amazing Marina Robb – The Outdoor Teacher. Great masterclasses, session plans and ideas building on, developing, reaffirming and extending my existing training and practice. Loved the masterclass on Forest School Practice – revisiting my notes from the brilliant FSL training at Everdon Outdoor Centre, Northants. Looking at nature centric models, the wonderful Joseph Cornell and Jon Young. 🌳🌲

🌲🌳I’m definitely a Forest School geek πŸ€“ πŸ’š (and I know a few of YOU are too!) – loved it and can’t wait for the next module. 🌲🌳

Tree Gratitude 🌳🌲🌳

🌳🌲🌳HURRAH for the weekend! It’s been a busy one yet Friday took a while to arrive. SO lovely to end the week with some sunshine BUT we enjoyed the rain too! 🌳🌲🌲

🌳🌲MOSTLY we have been mud digging, mud pie making, construction building, wood craft art making and puddle splashing. Invite letters from Mr Badger in our Message Centre went out for a tea party (@ Can I Go and Play Now 😊) which we found camped out in our Spinney in a den made by our Year 3 after school club. Imagination Land EVERY day 🌲🌳

🌲🌳WE have met trees, explored their wonderful possibilities made bubble wands and pipes from Willow and Elder, been amazed at our Silver Birch tapping, charcoal from Willow, GAVE our thanks, made dens, popped popcorn, climbed trees, prepared food for Mr Badger, moved like foxes, hid like rabbits, read The Busy Fox 🦊 and lounged around on hammocks 🌲🌳🌳

🌲🌳Happy days with great groups🌲🌳

Photos taken before school 😊

Best job EVER! πŸ’š

πŸŒ³πŸŒ²πŸ’šYay for Friday! ALWAYS appreciative that, let’s face it, I have the BEST job in my school (not without its challenges and also a matter of opinion I am sure 😜) having the opportunity to play. BUT there’s no such thing as JUST playing with our adventures and co-playing as there is also so MUCH invisible learning going on to help support confidence, nature connection, understanding the world, arts and crafts with natural materials, self esteem and physical development – gross and fine motor skills BEFORE we even start to link in the curriculum (if we need to) AND that’s just the beginning! 😊🌳🌲🌳

🌲🌳🌲THIS week we have enjoyed muddy tea parties, icey dishes, exploring and painting daffodils, whittling, checking in with how we’re doing, stomping like bears, hiding like foxes and rabbits, clay face making, swinging from trees, making music with pots n pans, wood and sticks, making beeswax clay t-lights, using bow saws to make our own cookies, hammock swinging, camouflage hiding and a bit of Silver Birch tapping for the grown ups 😊🌲🌳🌲

🌳🌲Happy Friday – have a great weekend! 🌳🌲😊

🌳photos taken out of school hours 😊🌳

Bushcraft CPD Day

🌳🌲🌳TO kick off our programme of CPD with the lovely Beth Allen – Wonder in the Wild Forest School and Dean Humphreys – Tea on the Wildside: THIS! πŸ’š. The CPD is aimed at Forest School Leaders and Outdoor Practitioners and an Information Sheet setting out course requirements will be sent out separately. As this course is specific to tool use we ask that all practitioners have been trained in and are insured for tool use. πŸŒ³πŸŒ²πŸŒ³πŸ’š

World Book Day

🌳🌲🌳A short week for me this week BUT loving World Book Day and β€˜being’ Percy (the Park Keeper) for the day. Our school had a pyjamas, favourite toy and book day but I needed a bit more on being outside – BUT let’s face it, I didn’t really look ANY different πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ … The books I chose to share were Stanley’s Stick and, of course, Percy the Park Keeper and the Secret Path complete with trusty wheelbarrow and animal friends.🌲🌳🌲

🌳🌲🌳FOR the after school Forest School club we started with a lovely folk story about Mother Elder, then tried our hand at whittling Elder using potato peelers and knives – taking our time to explore the smell and feel before playing a tracking hiding game using sticks to mark the path. Not an easy task at all and they did amazing. Finishing up with our free play opportunities, hot chocolate and crumpets. Looking forward to next week πŸ’šπŸŒ²πŸŒ³πŸŒ²

New term tracks πŸ¦Š

🌳🌲🌳A lovely start to the new term this week with our HOOK being based on animal prints and trails, GAMES for grounding and connecting, CHALLENGES for detective work – which animal am I? IDENTIFYING tracks and finding the animals, WORKING together to build dens and plenty of opportunities for free play and for OBSERVATIONS to be made for the next session. Typically over running for the after school session (!) so losing our time as a group for REFLECTION on our first session together BUT we will have the opportunity to open the session with this next time 😊🌳🌲🌳

πŸŒ²πŸ’šπŸŒ³IN my sessions I always try and bear in mind Cornell’s 4 stages of flow learning (I am a big fan!) – awaken enthusiasm, focus attention, experience directly and share inspiration.πŸŒ³πŸ’šπŸŒ²

February Half Term- Chester House

🌳🌲🌳WITH gusts forecast we had a Plan B at The Chester House Estate today BUT we didn’t need to use it – we got to experience the wind in the open spaces flying our windy waving wands before exploring Badger Wood and seeing who Mr Badger had invited for tea, we read the bog Baby and had fun making mud and clay creations, we played (a LOT) of hide n seek, some Bat n Moth, built dens, climbed, met the tree, made necklaces, pea shooters and bubble pipes, had hot chocolate and made popcorn. Very lucky with the position of this lovely site, grateful for a wonderful volunteer and all the wonderful groups I met today. Happy days 😊🌳🌲🌳

Happy Place

🌳🌲🌳WOOHOO for half term! A great week of Forest School and Outdoor Learning sessions: LOTS of swing use, taking about how we FEEL when out in nature #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek, running games, group games, celebrating birthdays, making jewellery, practicing our dragons breath πŸ‚πŸ‚, gong sound games and whatever else we could come up withπŸ˜ŠπŸŒ³πŸ’šπŸŒ³πŸŒ²

Happy half term everyone! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’š

🌳photo taken out of school hours🌳

Number Fun!

🌳🌲🌳FINALLY shaken off my sinus infection so back on to FULL (well nearly πŸ˜‚) power … another great week with great groups storytelling, making up games, running, hiding, CONNECTING. Celebrating Imbolc and getting down into the earth for some grounding and creating sit spots hiding ourselves in the Spinney, marking up our faces with mud and using natural camouflage πŸƒ 🍁. Celebrating numbers on Friday with some counting and memory games .. β€˜1, 2, 3, where are you?’ and whatever else we could get up to … πŸ˜ŠπŸ’šπŸŒ²πŸŒ³πŸ’šπŸ

🌳🌲Photos taken on set up before school open 🌳🌲

Invisible Learning

🌲🌳🌲IT has been a charcoal pencil making, meeting tree playing, tool using, bow and arrow making, target practicing 🎯, popcorn popping, some hide and seeking, slack line using, hammock swinging, clay making, den building, wildlife trailing, puppet theatre using and tree climbing kind of week at school. Good for the soul 🌳🌲🌳😊

🌲🌳🌲I loved seeing THIS after school on Friday as I was taking down the ropes played with by reception and tied to trees. SO much learning going on through play 🌲🌳🌲

🌳🌲🌳photos taken out of school hours 🌳🌲🌳