Play, play and popcorn:

Posted on October 19th, 2017 in General News by Mr Dingley

We have reached the end of our 6 week Forest School program and although it is sad to return to normal ‘school’ life we take away many memories, new skills learned and a feeling of excitement that we can do this all again in years 4, 5 and 6. (Yippee!)
We started with a team challenge where children had to move a large log from one place to another in the quickest time.

The children competitively chose a partner and lined up ready to try their luck. The 2 fastest times to move the log over 15m was an astonishing time of 4 and 7 seconds.

Many children showed various techniques of rolling, lifting and flipping to, move the log. Well done to all the children who enthusiastically took part.
As it was the last session we felt it best to enjoy a large time of play and the children responded really well. The class naturally played well together in the open environment and enjoyed, chasing, capturing and releasing each other from their respective dens that they had carefully built over the last 6 weeks.
Due to the high winds we had to cancel any last chance tree climbing, but this didn’t seem to deter the children from finding other things to occupy their time. There was a lovely moment where one child was struggling to move a log by himself, other children heard him struggling and helped him roll the log to the bottom of the hill. They then worked as a team to think through ways in which to lift the log up the hill.

The children succeeded by tying a large rope around it and dragged it to the top. Well done children!
We enjoyed tasting (well enjoyed watching) popcorn. The experience of watching it pop over the campfire was great, the popcorn catching fire and turning into a ball of flames, not so great! Three burnt batches later we finally had a taste and it seemed to go down well with some children scraping the bottom of the bowl to get the last bits.

Each term as each class enters Forest School, the classes appear to have unique preferences that define them as a group. This term Hazel Class have shown real endeavour to design, build and modify their dens, such is the quality of the designs, I will be leaving a few of them so that other children from the school can enjoy using them in their play.

It really has been a pleasure to see this group at Forest School and I look forward to seeing them come back and refine their skills and ideas in Yr 4.

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