A group of Forest Schools explorers we're set a challenge to build themselves a miniature raft during their most recent Forest Schools session. The task was embraced by the young people who immediately set about exploring the woodland to gather essential materials. The excitement was truly infectious, with teaching staff joining in on the fun to!
As the rafts we're put to the test Adventure Hyndburn's Forest Schools leaders encouraged each child to talk about their creation - what they'd used and why, how they'd set about building - supporting the development of their reflection and critical thinking skills.
The group valued their time to share with others, proud of their achievements. If a raft hadn't been as successful as hoped, practitioners urged the group to consider why, encouraging them to be independent problem solvers and supporting continuous learning from their experiences - a real strength of Forest Schools.
In true sprit the children also enjoyed a muddy session in Adventure Hyndburn's Forest Schools kitchen. The imaginative group made a warming mud soup followed by a round of mud cakes, all washed down by a warm mug of mud tea - delicious!
Experiences such as these are brilliant examples of how Forest Schools supports the development of capable, resilient learners by encouraging thinking, critical and problem solving skills in a memorable, hands on way.
To find out more about how Adventure Hyndburn's Forest Schools sessions can bring learning to life for your group or class contact Sarah on 01254 387757.