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 Seventh year of Sheldwich Forest School and we now have a fantastic new seating and work area in Church Plantation courtesy of Mr Dean.
We have made full use of this area with Class 6 creating natural Christmas decorations, pinecone bird feeders and our clay woodland spirits.
Some of our Class 6 children have continued to litter pick between the School and this lovely new area and our hope is that this encourages the children to be more aware of their environment and for people not to drop litter.
This year we have had 3 groups from Class 6 and they have enjoyed using this woodland area for the Tarpaulin Challenge and Den Building alongside our other activities. In our next session, we will be covering fire striking and making paracord bracelets.
Mrs C Maw & Mrs J Caverly
(Forest School Leaders)