Today at Forest School the children made some amazing discoveries, and some even ended up in space!
When we arrived we made a circle of leaves, this gave us all a chance to warm up, and to explore the field searching for the most beautiful colours we could find.
The children then went off to play, and soon there was a commotion, some had found a “real dinosaur bone”. They used water to unearth it, then spoons and trowels to start digging it up. Some also found brushes to wash it. They had discussions about whether it was a bone or a stone, whether there even were dinosaurs in Oxfordshire, and if it was a Dino.... what type was it?
Another group made a home under a tarpaulin and decided that it was night time, they drew the “blinds” and went to sleep under our shelter. They were going to wake up when it was “6 O’clock, or when the “bell next to their bed went off”.
Another group turned our leaf circle into “a firework rocket” they first collected fuel (water) and sprinkled it on the rocket, then they gathered into the circle, did a countdown, then blasted off. On arrival in space they soon saw aliens. They repeated the journey several times.
Some people spent time experimenting with our swing, getting “stuck” a lot. They used team work to get upright again.
All of these games were completely child led, they constantly chatted to one another, shared ideas and used past experiences to enrich their play. They all worked together really well, inviting others into their games. They were keen to share their ideas with the adults present.
At the end of the session we gathered around the leaf circle and took turns saying what we though we would find if we jumped into it, then took turns jumping. The circle became all kinds of things, ice cream, a whale pool, a firework ( a safe one), warm water.
Each child had an idea and had the confidence to share it with the group.
At the end of the session we huddled like penguins in the centre.
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