The first term has included the learners getting to know the site. The Forest School Association believes that learners should have around 5 weeks of getting to know their surroundings before getting into fully planned sessions. This is to ensure that learners feel safe in their new learning setting, are aware of the health and safety of the site and resources being used, observations can take place for the Forest School lead to thereafter plan sessions around learners interests, enhancing individual learning needs and supporting the six main principles of Forest School.
There are different objectives which are covered over the forest school sessions which are planned from previous observations and cover the forest school principles.
Throughout Autumn term we got used to the Forest School site and learnt about health and safety. As a group we came up with different rules which we all agreed on to follow in the future. These rules are in place to support our safety, behaviour and enhance the love for the natural world.
Throughout this term we have been learning how to use different tools safely. The tools we have used are bow saws, bill hooks, bush-craft knives and hand drills. We created tree cookies and decorated them with our names on, which make us feel part of the Forest School family.