6 October 2017
Year 1 Fun at Lytes Cary Court
Year 1 enjoyed a beautifully bright Autumnal day at Lytes Cary Court exploring their Wild Woodland area as part of their Forest School learning.
They transferred their existing Forest School skills, which many children have been developing since Nursery in our own wonderful woodlands, demonstrated amazing team-work, creativity, problem-solving skills, determination and a great sense of achievement throughout the day.
On arrival, the original plan had been to split into small groups and build dens, but the children had other ideas! From the moment they arrived one could almost hear their imaginations begin to whirr as they scanned the environment and then scattered in all directions as they went to explore.
As in our weekly Forest School sessions at school, some children chose to work in groups whilst others opted to work by themselves, but all were soon engrossed in their chosen ‘job’ and remained focused and committed to what they wanted to achieve.
As the adults observed what was going on, they decided to facilitate what the children wanted to do rather than force them to do what had been planned – on the experienced understanding their learning would be on a much deeper level than what it would be if they stopped to fulfil the original plans.
It was definitely the ‘right’ decision! The children built dens, used branches to sweep pathways and make boundaries, created their own ‘tools’ for digging, found the juiciest worms and slugs to make homes for, worked out how to make a log see-saw balance using themselves as weights, climbed trees, swung on ropes and enjoyed the delight of dancing in falling leaves.
Outdoor education at its very best.