Forest School Sessions at Waikino School
Waikino School has introduced a Forest School programme, which currently operates one day per week. At present, only Waitawheta Class are taking part in these sessions, however, it is intended that the Forest School Programme will be extended to the wider school throughout the year.
Forest schools at Waikino is an evolving concept grounded in the fundamental idea that children learn more about themselves, who they are, what makes them excited, motivated and feel more connected when they are in nature. This learning through authentic and relevant exploratory experiences gives a foundation for learning in all other areas.
Session 4, water courses, digging for gold, going for height!
Session 5 - shelters, what grows where and fire circles.
Session 6 - Parents sharing and celebration morning, rain, clay, abseiling and waterfalls.
Forest Schools Phase 2
As the students in Waitāwheta progress with their learning in Forest Schools they have taken Forest management very seriously, considering their impact on the area that we use and how they can maintain it. This term our Forest School session will have that focus and will also progress to using tools and fire to support our endeavours.
Phase 2 session 2 - today was an opportunity to talk about what we have learnt and see just how far we have come together as we introduced 2 new students to our Forest School sessions. Fire and tools are part of our learning progressions based on need and it's great to see such responsibility being taken with this learning.
T3 Session 3, new tools, cleaving, whittling and cutting to build our fires. Can't resist a dip in the water!