One of the most essential elements of Forest School is that it is child led and our role as adults is to support the enquiry and interests of the children who attend our sessions.
The long, warm days of Summer are behind us and the staff of Forever Green Forest School have been enjoying the colours of Autumn, working with our new groups since September.
September is often a time for reflection and I have been thinking about this a lot over the last month. It has been just over a year since I stepped aside from the life of being a primary school teacher and ventured into self employment, fully submerging myself in the world of Forest School.
I have no regrets.
It has been a long winter, but Spring has finally sprung and our groups have been enjoying the changes around them.
This week, I had the pleasure of sitting at our log circle under the shade of the tree canopy (no need for a tarp!) with a group of children who were just enjoying the peace and calm, while they learnt how to weave.
Snow, snow and more snow this week.
It is a weather that divides people: those who love it and those who hate it. It always amazes me the way the country shuts down when we get snow, but it is not surprising as generally we are not equipped for it and there is a growing culture where people get consumed by health and safety risks, rather than focussing on risk management and the benefits that come from experiencing this amazing weather.
"There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes," is a motto that is used at Forest School, but on Wednesday, when heavy rain was forecast for the whole afternoon, we wondered whether our tarp shelter would be enough to keep our group of children (and their class teacher) happy and warm enough to enjoy their session fully.
What a pleasant surprise it was to us, that when we offered the opportunity to bring the activities inside, the class teacher replied that she would be more than happy to bring the children outside and that they were really looking forward to their session in the pouring rain.