Our on-site group enjoyed their last session this week. They were able to consolidate their learning by putting up a shelter, without any adult help!! They also learnt some new skills, including whittling and fire lighting. They talked about the importance of safety when using tools and lighting fires. They used the wood that they had whittled to light a fire, in the Kelly Kettle, to make some hot chocolate! What a treat!!
Leena has enjoyed her experience so much, that she wanted to contribute to the final blog.
At forest school we have a lot of fun and we learnt a lot of surviving tips. We made tents/shelters, fire, pictures and picture frames. We learnt how to make a fire; use flint and steel; cut wood with a knife; make really really strong knots to make the shelters and many other stuff . We got to drink hot chocolate and orange juice and I hope I go again.
The last day always seems to be the best and once again we didn't have enough time to do everything we wanted to. However, we packed as much as we could in and had a brilliant time. Thanks to Scarlet, Muzzamil, Setareh, Sebastien, Evie, Olivia, Tanya, Uzair, Morgan, Lewis, Ranem and the absent Maison for taking part with such enthusiasm!!
The day wasn't long enough to do all we wanted to do but we packed in as much as we could!
Shelter building, tent making, drinking hot chocolate, toasting marshmallows, picture making , using tools, climbing, caving , exploring and working together all featured on our day. Enjoy the photos!
Aziza, Ahmed, Gabrielle, Iqlas, Paris, Miley, Zain, Zenique, Ashwaq, Henry, Sophie, Oliwia
We have had so much fun today exploring.
Ropes, ropes, ropes!!!!!
This group is Lewis, Maison, Ranem, Morgan, Scarlet, Muzzamil, Setarah, Sebastien, Uzair, Tanya, Evie and Olivia.
In forest school you learn about things to do in nature life. In forest school we built dens, explored places, and we even went into caves in the dark. Forest school is an amazing experience and is set in Alderley Edge. (Muzzamil 5W)
In forest school I made a lots of new friends and learnt about nature, its was fun when we went into the cave it was my first time. We even got to build a shelter its was sooo fun at Alderley edge! ( Scarlet 5G )
Our on-site group enjoyed their second - slightly wetter- session today. We talked about the activities they enjoyed last time and discussed how the area might have changed.
We came across a tree that had been covered in a mysterious substance. We later discovered that this was 'Dragons Breath'. it meant that there had been a visit from a dragon! We used his breath to make bracelets that would identify us and keep us safe from the dragon.
We then made shelters, using our knowledge from the previous session, to help protect us from the rain. From there we played some 'hide and seek' games. These games required us to be able to use our knowledge of the area to describe the location of certain objects.
To finish with we discussed the different trees we could see, how were they different? and what can we look for to spot differences? We managed to identify Ash, Oak, Silver Birch, Larch and Sycamore by using the bark and the leaves.
The second day for Kayden, Bader, Idil, Poppy, Holly, Abdulwahhab. Eshan, Abdulmalik, Ethan, Olivia, Sienna and Gurtejal was very hot. Fortunately, all the leaves on the trees helped keep the sunshine off us.
We played games, then made our friendship bracelets before going to find the dragon! However , the dragon was not to be found but we did see where it had destroyed the Little People's village! We felt we had to help rebuild the village and everyone worked together to do this.
Then it was lunchtime followed by an afternoon of exploring, climbing and scrambling! Thirsty work!
Mr Marchant and Mr Eccles took a group of children out into the school's very own Forest School area. This was the first time a group have used this space, and it was BRILLIANT! We explored the area and discussed why it was different to the rest of school. We looked at the the different trees we could see and played a game to learn each others names using different animals. We had an Antelope, an Ant, a Zebra, a Mole, 2 Elephants, a Leopard, a Snake, a Bull and a Slug!
We enjoyed making shelters and working together to solve different puzzles.
" When we got to the forest we played some games. I like 123 Where are you? Everyone just shouts!
Yesterday the forest crew got back together again and went on an adventure to an ice lake. We had an icy time. We climbed up a slippery mountain and we made it all the way up to the top. We found a massive farm in the middle of nowhere. The mud was squishy and squeaky and we got our boots stuck. The water was freezing but we couldn't stop going in it because it was so much fun.
After we walked for a long time we sat and had a kit kat." ( Zian and Keelan 5E)
The second day for this group went so quickly as it was action packed!!
Can't wait for the next day in April!!
Another new group started today. Over 200 children have now been involved in the 3 day Forest School programme at Alderley Edge.
The weather was spectacular, especially in the afternoon and our new group was:
Amario, Sufyan, Areesha, Shateyah, Maya, Zenai, Imran, Sumaya, Ziad, Alae, Asia and Marwa
More photos to follow tomorrow!
Zara, Jokubas, Muhammed, Mesech, Shayla, Adam, Iqra, Urwah, Rudi, Tanya, Aqsa, Sumaya and Mrs Griffiths.
We had so much fun exploring different parts of the forest today - we found lots of animal homes. We had great fun splashing and stomping in the mud!!
This group is Mujtaba, Hannah, Xenia, Areen, Tamia, Sumaya, Jasir, Miski, Keelan and Matteo. We also had Ms. Ayata along too.
Everyone made friends immediately! Then we played games, made shelters, drank hot chocolate, toasted marshmallows and went exploring!
Another group's sessions come to an end !
We had a few people missing today but nevertheless it was a fun day with the usual games, building,eating marshmallows and long walk! We ended up at the Devil's Grave which is one of our favourite places!
,Jack, Bobby, Ashar, Farwa, Jacob, Teegan, Maddison, Minaeel, Ebrahim, Millie, Ibrahim and Arazw.
We found some lovely parts of the forest to explore on our last session - lots of scrambling, climbing, mud and definitely skidding!!!!!!
We enjoyed making a little fire in our Kelly kettle to enjoy some hot juice and toasted marshmallows - yum yum!
We have become such a close group enjoying spending the time together in the forest. Great teamwork was seen a lot.
Thankyou for making my time with you so enjoyable.