Wow, we rocked up to Staffordshire University’s Nature Reserve at their Leek Road Campus for 07:30 on Friday last and set up our kit and resources for the day ahead. Having later joined us in the woods, a group of around 40 student graduates began getting to grips with an array of activities and hands-on ‘have-a-go’ sessions based around the delivery of Forest Schools at their future Primary postings 🙂 So here are some of the activities we got up to: first up, was a quick fleet through the history of the Forest School movement in the U.K. Then that was followed by a basic input on fire lighting techniques, the resources required for this & where to find them, as well as a ‘go’ with a fire striker creating sparks!
We then had the groups building with enthusiasm some Fairy & Elf doors, imagination running wild here!
plus loads of really creative and diverse ‘doors’, this activity definitely became the day’s firm favourite to deliver!.
Next it was a team effort to raise the tallest Twig Tower,
so learning about and empathising with the age ranges they’d be teaching soon! Den building and shelter making followed hard -on-the-heels of the last activity,
again this scored highly on being a really good activity to deliver on feedback through the evaluation.
After some lunch around the raised open-fire pit with loads of Q & A stuff going on between the learners and ourselves, it was onto the safe use of sharp edged tools and how to organise such activities with younger learners, as well as a familiarisation on some of tools to be used in various Forest School sessions.
Finally the last part of the day was left to creating an item or items to take away, made from woodland sources: out came the tools, gloves and loads more imagination! The guys ended up making elder jewellery, kazoos, mallets, pendants, Elf figures & embossed digging sticks.
Superb effort guys – especially to those who’d never really been into a forest setting before or experienced these type of activities. We wish you all the very best of luck in your future teaching endeavours! Remember your day at ‘our classroom in the woods’ and let’s do more to encourage this in your new schools. See you all again soon!