Forest School is run as a programme of activity over time to support children in developing a positive relationship with each other and the natural world around them. We are very grateful to Lady Sondes who has given us permission to use the Church Plantation Wood and this has given us a super local environment to base our activities. During a 6 week course, the children taking part, learn: how to take care of the woods, the countryside code, den building, knots and lashing, fungus hunts, tarpaulin erecting, flora and fauna photography and using hand tools, create chestnut badges and woodland caterpillars.
This is now our third year of Sheldwich Forest School. We have extended our activities this year to include our off site hike which allows the children to increase their personal knowledge of map reading and symbols using the OS maps of the area. They have surprised themselves with how many of the symbols they already know and how many are used on these maps. Other new activities have also proved very popular especially the clay hedgehogs, find your tree, using a gas stove to cook pasta on, stick weaving and learning how to use fire strikers safely. We still pop back to some of the old favourites and our seasonal activities. The paracord bracelets are as always one of the most asked for activities.
The children have continued the efforts of previous years to keep the section of wood and the route we walk to and from the site free from litter. We aim to help make this a rubbish free space for all those who use it.
Thank you to all of the parents and children for the positive feedback we have received over the past three years.
Mrs C Maw Forest School Leader