Each Year 2 class will have three Forest School sessions this term. At this time of year the site becomes alive with bugs emerging and the trees and plants are growing and rapidly changing. During the term the children will have an opportunity to connect with the environment in a wide range of ways. Resources will be available for children to follow their own lines of enquiry and new skills can be tried out and developed too. Coming together to reflect on our surroundings with a drink of hot chocolate is an integral part of each session.
We were very fortunate with the weather for the first Forest School sessions. The children found a wide range of bugs, Rowan class found lots of Ladybirds and Willow class discovered that Ermine moth caterpillars have emerged on the site. They were able to use their knowledge from Wriggle and Crawl to understand how the caterpillars protect themselves from predators.
Some children had a go at Hapa Zome, a Japanese technique that imprints the colour from plants onto fabric by placing leaves and flowers between two peices of cloth and hammering on it. the children listened carefully to instructions that ensured that they used the mallets safely. Some children also experimented by using stones, it worked very well.