A Decade of BC Forest School Celebrated in Style!

IMG 0932On Friday 2nd November, all pupils and staff took part in a Forest School extravaganza to celebrate 10 years of Forest School delivery.

The special event was supported by a grant from The Ernest Cook Trust.

All classes joined together on the school field for a whole day of ‘learning outside the classroom’, Forest School and play. There were over 20 activities to take part in and the children got to choose what they took part in and when, giving them lots of freedom throughout the day. The event was held as part of the international ‘Outdoor Classroom day’ initiative, with over 3.5 million children taking part around the world.

Activities included a barefoot trail, wood whittling, playing conkers, willow weaving, clay craft, bug hunting, den building, pioneering, nature art, rhythm sticks, Hapa zome (Japanese art using leaves, petals and hammers!) and mud painting.

The children were supported by over 60 volunteers from the Blue Coat community, including the original members of Blue Coat’s Outdoor Club in 2008, now students at Katharine Lady Berkeley's secondary school.

The day concluded with a school assembly on the field around a campfire.

Mr Brooks, Forest School Leader said, “I love leading Forest School at Blue Coat. It is wonderful seeing the children working together, developing  their decision making, their independence and creativity – skills that fit perfectly with our school vision of being ‘Future Ready’  - all whilst gaining a love and respect for nature and the world around them.”

Many thanks to all who supported the event, by donating resources, preparing activities or volunteering on the day itself.

Here are some photos of the event:


Source: Gazette Series