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!
T3 Session 4: What a fantastic day to develop our tool skills and nothing beats a melty marshmallow!
T3 Session 5 Looking for treasure, being archeologists, museum curators and shop assistants. Discovering what our site used to be used for has been a real focus of excitement and intrigue.
T3 Session 7 Today we celebrated all of the work that we had put into our fire lighting skills. Our collection of skills came together an we dined on a range of sausage, egg, burger combinations.
Term 4 Session 1 - what a way to start the first day of term. The area of our forest school site that we have been working in looked incredibly different after the period of growth, we found new landmarks, discovered railway tracks, made some guesses about the bundles of feathers, built shops and hair salons, made brooms and money from leave and branches and practiced our clove hitch knots and lashes while creating, letters, shapes and even stickman! Each day in our forest school session is full of wonder, curiosity, exploration and discovery. Looking through the photos from this sessions I see happiness, I see learning and I see friendship, lucky us. Tina is on practicum with us for 3 weeks, thank you for your help today!
Term 4 - session 5 Our area is always a fun place to be after a little rain, muddy areas, water to play in and use and a good reason to get our fires really pumping! There were knot tying lessons, shelter building trials, hunting games, clay work, charcoal makeup and pottery shops and we even fired our clay pieces in the fires we had made.