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Forest Folk Sessions

Forest Folk sessions are for children aged 3-5 years and last for 1hr 30 mins. These sessions are for parents/carers to embrace the woodland’s seasonal changes with their children.

 

These sessions run fortnightly and take place in our Preschool areas ,where your child can find a leaf kitchen, a digging pit, musical instruments, hammocks, skittles, charcoal drawing and chalk drawing, tunnels, dens, a mini assault course, to name but a few!

During these sessions we try to encourage learning about the woodland environment, through diving into piles of crunchy autumn leaves, collecting sticks for an activity, listening to bird song or looking for bugs.

 

As the children gain in confidence they’ll begin to roam independently leaving you to relax! Your little one could join you from the Leaf Kitchen with platters of forest feasts or emerge from the dens with a wriggly worm clenched in charcoaled hands to show and tell. 

 Fortnightly Sessions

The sessions start with a group activity, which the forest school leader will introduce around the fire circle, which the children are encouraged to take part in.

 

The activity could involve basic tool use e.g. a bow saw to cut out a medal, palm or hand drills to make a hole or peelers to learn how to whittle. Other activities might involve making a nature inspired craft, foraging for campfire treats or learning to make their own campfire.

 

Once the Forest Folks have finished their group activity, they are then free to roam around the preschool site and do whatever activity they are interested in.

 

We try to keep the activity and snack seasonal and make sure it is always different for every session.

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A Typical Session

You will be met at the woodland entrance by a Forest School Leader and orienteer through the woods to the preschool areas following coloured ribbons. Once in the preschool area the forest folk are encouraged to have a wander around the site, there might be an activity involving finding things to do while we wait for all the other children to arrive.

 

When everyone has arrived we will ring a bell and call everyone to the fire circle to explain our group activity. The forest school leaders will demonstrate the activity, hand out equipment and resources and help the children with their projects. 

Once the children have completed their group activity they can then participate in some free play, which might involve playing with new friends or exploring new areas. 

Then when the snack is ready, (if they're not cooking their own) the Forest school leaders will ring the bell to let all the grownups and children know that it's time to wash their hands and come and sit down around the fire.

While everyone has their snack the forest school leader will read a woodland story for those who want to listen or your child can continue exploring and playing before it's time to say good bye until next time!

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Come and Join us for
some Forest Folk Fun
in the woods!