Forest School

Our Forest school has now finished until autumn and Seashore school will commence shortly.  Anna Shaw, led the learning in the last few weeks and has written a little synopsis about our Spring forest school.

“The best classroom, and the richest cupboard, is roofed only by the sky”

Margaret McMillan (c1925)

Firstly, Carolyn and all the staff at Victoria House Nursery would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents and grandparents that have supported us in our woodland learning trip’s.  We feel the sessions have supported both the children’s physical and cognitive needs.  The weather has not hindered our exploration and the children have immersed themselves in following their own play and learning experiences whilst outdoors:

  • Sorting sticks according to various criteria i.e length, width and colour.
  • Identifying and matching leaves.
  • Reading the story ‘the wild woods’ in the Glen.
  • Discussing animals in the wild, introducing the concept native and non-native eg squirrels and the wildlife we have on our Island.
  • Investigating the properties of mud as the children prodded it with sticks, stirred it and made marks in it. 
  • Mini-beast hunts.
  • Investigating the streams!!!! As well as the water pipes that flow through the Glen.

In addition to all of the above practitioners consistently re-enforced the importance of ‘keeping safe’ and in order to keep safe they had to follow ‘rules’.  Setting and explaining boundaries to support the children in respecting the outdoors and importance of safe play. 

Everyone has had a fantastic time and we look forward to future sessions

Anna Shaw