Introducing Forest School Sessions
Forest School sessions have been introduced at St Francis for mixed age groups of pupils from Years 1 to 7. We have 17 acres of glorious school grounds including a beautiful forest area. During their first session the children think and learn about important rules that need to be adhered to in the forest! Most importantly, keeping safe and having fun!
Forest School Rules:
1) Do not wander off from the group and tell an adult where you are going.
2) Do not climb higher than the teacher’s shoulders and make sure you can get yourself down.
3) Take a risk but be safe.
4) Care for our environment – pick up any litter or debris.
5) HAVE FUN!
During a recent session, the children played games to welcome a new pupil to the group. They played ‘what tree?’ and had to guess which tree they were taken to when blindfolded, most of the children correctly guessed their tree. After a chat about the Green man, a pagan symbol often related to nature and a guardian of forests and woods, the children created their own Green man on the trunks of the trees using clay and natural material that they found on the forest floor.
“10 stars out of 10” – Henry
“I liked making the Green man on the tree.” – Rose
“It was interesting, what we did in the forest” – Jessica
“It was the best morning ever!” – Jack