20 Feb Bolivia Class – Farewell to Forest School
Our last week at Ally Pally’s Forest School was fantastic. First, Katie tested our knowledge of birds before we were allowed to enter our Forest School. Then, we played a game of Man Hunt which was a lot of fun and kept us warm. Next, we went through the rules of Forest School, particularly the rules around the fire, including never to enter the fire circle without asking for permission. Following that, we were allowed to choose what we wanted to do – some of us built the den even bigger, some of us played with the tree that had fallen down in the recent storm, some of us made ‘magic sticks’, some of us got creative with clay and we all got to toast marshmallows on the fire to create ‘smores’. Finally, we ended our Forest School experience with our usual hot chocolate and, as a special bonus, we also had some popcorn that we had cooked on the open fire.
We really have had a wonderful time at Ally Pally and were very sad to say goodbye to Katie who led it so well. Katie kindly gave us a book ‘Nature Journal’ to take back to our class and she dedicated it to “our wonderful class of explorers”. She said she was so impressed by Bolivia Class and that we were a “joy to work with.” We’ve been given a copy of a page of it to take home over half term to write down observations we make of the natural world. After half term, we can send them to Katie to show her that we are carrying on with our learning and appreciation of nature.
Argentina Class get to go next half term. How exciting for them.