It was a cold, still and cloudy morning. There was almost no wind in our base camp and we could hear lots of birds singing away throughout the session. Today’s theme was to think about the third of the forest school principles: “holistic development”. Forest School 
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(written by Yuuki Blakeney & Jenny Dungan) It was a lovely sunny day for the second week of Forest School with 6th class. The theme of this week’s session was “taking appropriate risks”. One of the six principles of Forest school is to offer learners 
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Principle 1: Forest school takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world. For the five sessions we have with 6th class this year we are bringing their attention to some of 
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On the way up to our base camp the junior infants went looking for daisies. The daisies would later be made into daisy tea. We also looked out for gifts for the grandmother tree. Some of the juniors found flowers and leaves or something they 
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When everyone arrived, they began collecting dandelions for the dandelion tea that they would be having later. After we had enough dandelions everybody told us their animal names and then we started a game of fox and rabbit. Once the game was over we started 
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Forest school uses a child led methodology so each group has had a different experience based on their location, interests and needs. As a leader of the group, I was privileged to witness leadership skills being developed, lots of on the ground problem solving, team 
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Sit Spot poem – 6th class – I noticed… the quiet forest with only one bird going crazy I felt calm how tall and slanty the trees are the sun shining off the sea the smell of pine needles the sound of birds, the smell 
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We’re busy learning skills to put up hammocks and rope bridges. There are many benefits to these types of activities. Forest school, and life in general, is not risk free. We are endangering ourselves by trying to make it so at time. It is important 
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