The sense of excitement was tangible on Year 4's return to the woods. With frosty breath whispering into the wintery sky, we spent a little time reflecting on how the woods had changed since their last visit in the Autumn and reviewing the boundaries to ensure we were all clear on how to best look after ourselves, each other and our environment. The groups were itching to explore the woods and rediscover old favourite haunts: some disappeared up trees, others went bird-watching, some built dens including the repairing and renovating 'Bumblebell Manor' whilst others invented games and worked off energy.
At break time the groups were introduced to the concept of tracking and the 'Gone Home' symbol (originally used by Indigenous Americans & adopted by the Scouts). Each child was invited to decorate their own 'tree cake' with their name and image.
We were also delighted to receive some beautiful new 'furniture' courtesy of Mr Twyman for our tool area which, just like Bumblebell Manor, is in need of a revamp! A group of children worked tirelessly to help Wren and I roll them down to camp.
After lunch, the children were read some excerpts from nature diaries written on the 5th and 6th December 115, 100 and 16 years ago. Some children then chose to write their own and created a lovely array of observations including poetry, lists and descriptive writing. These are something we are hoping the children may want to develop going forward.
Other activities that the children chose to explore included: stream play, creating a mudslide, hunting for wildlife and building a bug hotel.
We are excited to see where the children take their Forest School journey over the coming weeks. You might like to watch the video below to see the children in action.