As you may already know, Forest School has arrived at Maltman’s Green, kicking off earlier this term with Mrs Sturlars class (RS) from our Reception year group, being the first to enjoy this exciting new experience.
The Forest School ethos is about teaching the girls to enjoy, value and respect the natural environment, so we encourage them to learn about the different plants and animals that live in our woods and to appreciate the importance of looking after them.
On our first session, once we were dressed in our waterproofs, Chloe our ‘Leader Girl’ led the girls to ‘Base Camp’ where Mrs Matthews, our Forest School Leader and ‘Sally the Owl’ puppet outlined the Forest School rules; ‘No Picking’ (don’t pick any leaves, flowers or plants), ‘No Licking’ (don’t put anything in your mouths including your dirty fingers) and, ‘Stay within the Boundaries’ (the area that has been risk-assessed). Once the girls understood the rules, they went on a ‘Treasure Hunt’ looking for an item they felt was special and then returned to Base Camp to tell everyone why. We also played a fun game of hide-and-seek called ‘1 2 3 Where are you’, had our snack (we did wash our hands first!), did some exploring and also learnt the Forest School Song. Then, it was time to clear up, leaving everything as we had found it and to head back to class.
Since then, we have enjoyed; digging in the new digging area, had a go at leaf printing using wooden mallets; we were amazed at the patterns, explored some more and played ‘Camera Kids’, a pairs game, where one of us was the photographer and the other was the ‘camera’. The photographer chose where to take a pretend ‘photo’ and the ‘camera’ had to shut her eyes and then open them again to take the ‘photo’. The girls each had a go and then drew their ‘photos’ onto paper. There were some lovely ideas and some fantastic drawings; Hollie chose to photograph and draw some holly, which we all thought was a funny and very clever idea!