Year 5 started this afternoons activity demonstrating how to carry large pieces of wood safely; dragging large branches and rolling tree stumps.
Their challenge today: To build a den as part of a team using a choice of branches, pieces of wood, rope and tarpaulin. The pupils were given very little guidance and instead were given the freedom to explore ideas, working out the best techniques and discussing ideas as part of a team.
As time progresses, pupils learn how to solve problems independently, producing better results and gaining confidence. It would be very easy for me as Forest School leader to tell the children the best techniques for making the perfect den but the children would not learn anything from this. Allowing children to solve problems themselves takes much longer but the results are far more rewarding.
And this little shield bug deserves a mention, caught by two pupils at lunchtime…