Mrs Thorpe's Class (2017 - 2018)

Day Four: November 2017

The weather was dreadful when we started the day, but it finished in glorious sunshine!

We started off with our daily check of the Forest School area. Mr Thorpe taught us the importance of being aware of all of our suroundings. Not only did we have to look at the ground, but eye level and up in the trees just in case there were any hazards up high.

After this, we tried a new problem solving game called Straights and Folders, it was very similar to Os and Xs. To be successful at this we needed to work hard together as a team. Mr Thorpe asked us when we finished to reflect on all the problem solving activities we had completed. We had to think of words to describe the characteristics of good team work. We then spent sometime reflecting on how these skills are relevent to everyday life.

Our next activity was building and lighting our own fire. We used knives to make shavings and split wood. We all managed to successfully light a fire and then toast a Marshmallow. Mr Thorpe commented on how safe we were at these activities.

In the afternoon we made our own Mayan chicken stew, which we ate under shelters we had made. It tasted delicious! We finished the day off reflecting on our Forest School experience. Some of us were a little sad, as this is the end of our sessions led by Mr Thorpe but we are hoping to continue our developing our skills back in class.

 

Day Three: October 2017

Another beautiful start to the day (the lovely weather didn't last!), we began by moving onto the next stage of risk management by making a "safety instruction" log book for the safe use of the tools and equipment that we use in Forest School. We reflected on how far our understanding of risk/benefit analysis has come. 

We then worked in groups with brilliant new problem solving activities - lots of laughter and communication going on. We learned a great deal about the importance of listening to each other and working together!

Our regular break with hot chocolate around the fire circle was spiced up a little today as we made the traditional Maya Cacao drink with cocoa, milk,...chilli... and cinamon. It wasn't to everyone's taste, but fun nonetheless

Our day continued with masking making using clay and forest materials. We were learning all about the use of masks in different aspects of Maya society. We also had some groups working on making prayer flags as part of our Faith Awareness Week. The prayer flags were tied to the trees outside to allow the wind to carry our prayers and messages.

In the afternoon, we adapted to the weather conditions, making shelters and continuing to design and make pots and masks.

Even in the rain, we had lots of fun and really learned a great deal. Asked if the children would like to do Forest School again in the rain - there was a resounding "YES!" 

 

Day Two: October 2017

Since our last Forest School day, we have been busy back in the classroom making our Mayan pyramids. They are now sanded, edged, joined and completed - and looking fantastic!

Today in Forest School, we focussed on mapping skills. We identified risks on site and marked them on the school maps using keys and symbols. Extending our map work, we then played hide and seek games with our cuddly woodland creatures - setting orienteering tasks for our partners to locate the hidden characters. 

In the afternoon, we designed and created Mayan city maps using the forest materials. Our finished designs were quite amazing. In class, we will follow this with some reflective learning time.

The sun shone warmly and brightly on us and as the day progressed we shed a few layers - finishing the day with our fire circle and enjoying the last of the autumnal sunshine. 

Day One: September 2017

Our Forest School days have started again - hooray!

It was sunny and warm and we had a fabulous day of discovery, fun and learning. We've stepped up our risk management skills this year by moving on to undertake a risk/benefit analysis of our environmental activities which really helped up get into the right mind frame for our activities. 

We learnt today how to use a new tool - a tenon saw, which helped us prepare the wood needed for making our Mayan Temple designs. 

maps using keys and symbols. Extending our map work, we then played hide and seek games with our cuddly woodland creatures - setting orienteering tasks for our partners to locate the hidden characters. 

In the afternoon, we designed and created Mayan city maps using the forest materials. Our finished designs were quite amazing. In class, we will follow this with some reflective learning time.

The sun shone warmly and brightly on us and as the day progressed we shed a few layers - finishing the day with our fire circle and enjoying the last of the autumnal sunshine.