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Warren Forest School - from Forest School Leader, 'Dawn Dove'
The first few weeks of term have been extremely busy with the children settling into the routine of Forest School and exploring the area. Initial focus was to ensure that the children were comfortable around the fire circle, that they learnt how to use the tools safely and most importantly, they embraced the outdoors and had lots of fun.
Creativity and discovery have been key themes using the natural resources of the woodland. Everyone helped with making the amazing bunting for the outdoor classroom using 'hapa zome', a Japanese term meaning ‘leaf-dye’. Woodland treasure found during a scavenger hunt assisted us in identifying the different plants and trees around the Forest School and then resulted in some impressive woodland wands. Crushed chalk, berries and leaves generated some wonderful woodland paint and Cherries and Damsons had great fun painting the woodland in some brilliant Autumnal colours. We have been busy looking after the mini beasts of the woodland by creating bug houses and dead wood areas. We have planted daffodil bulbs for the spring and have sown what we hope will be a bug and bird friendly wildflower meadow thanks to generous donations of seeds from Mr Stanley, Mr Frampton and Mr Burgess. B1 have had great success in lighting fires using a fire steel and some pretty impressive bows and arrows were produced this week.
I am sure the children will all have their favourite experiences over the last few weeks with hot chocolate and popcorn cooked over the fire being top of the list. For me, it is the incredible enthusiasm the children have for all things Forest School!