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A diary of my experience

Posted by admin on April 9, 2015

First day of my forest school course, I'm really nervous am I going to find the children's centre? What will I be doing?

16/11/11 - Day 1; Forest school training session

First day of my forest school course, I'm really nervous am I going to find the children's centre? What will I be doing? At the same time I'm really excited I want to develop myself professionally and I love being outdoors I know it is a great opportunity for all the children I teach.

First day of my forest school course, I'm really nervous am I going to find the children's centre? What will I be doing? At the same time I'm really excited I want to develop myself professionally and I love being outdoors I know it is a great opportunity for all the children I teach.

23/11/11 - Day 2; forest school training session

Really proud of myself, I did 2 assignments which I showed Chris today to check that I'm on the right track. 2 down many, many more to go.

Really excited and eager to get out to Leigh woods and see forest school for myself.

Wow, I really can't wait to get going and be able to take my children out and do forest school, the kids were really enjoying themselves, I know my children will love it.

7/12/11 - Day 3; Forest school training session

It's amazing how much of my degree stuff I can remember and how much its helping me. Did more assignments which I've emailed to Wendy, I hope they are all ok??

Really worried & nervous, were doing knots and lashings today, how am I going to remember these? Wow, really proud of myself made a photo frame and a bench got a photo to show off to people really chuffed. 'Wow we made a bench and 3 of us were on it and it didn't break'.

4/1/12 - Day 4; Forest school training

Oh my word we used tools today, that was a little scary, but very proud of myself I made 2 mallets. We used saws, penknives and a bill hook (very scary looking), can't wait to try this with the kids at my forest school. We also had a go at coppicing, that was pretty tricky, but handy to know how and why it is done.

11/1/12 - Day 5; Forest school training

So today we made shelters, of course my group made a mansion and I poked myself in the eye (which really blinking hurt, need to remember to this when I'm doing forest schools). It was great to see how we all made different shelters and what we did to them to make them 'homely' he he. Got some fab photos and ideas on different shelters we can make. Great fun.

After lunch we made fires, very proud of myself I used a flint to get ours going, get me :). It was great found some good sticks to toast a crumpet and marshmallows. I know the kids at school will love to do this.

9/2/12 - Day 6; Practical skills day

Oh my word its assessment day - aaagghh, really nervous and excited, I really hope it goes well and I haven't forgotten anything (especially ingredients for my garlic bread and butter).

Wow what a lovely place redwood lodge is.

So the challenge for today was to make a 3 course meal, my group made a main we made pasta and fresh bread with fresh homemade garlic butter, we were very pleased with ourselves, everyone made fabulous very tasty food. It was a pretty cold day and I stepped up to the challenge of starting the fire with a flint and fire stick and I did it very proud of myself.

Can't wait for the next test, although anxious, excited and nervous at the same time.

10/2/12 - Day 7; Practical skills day

Very disappointed, today was cancelled due to the weather :(

St Anne's Forest school sessions: (Thursday's 23rd Feb, 1st March, 8th March, 15th March, 22nd March, 29th March) 

Thursday 23rd Feb - First forest school session:

Really anxious and nervous, parents turned up to help, superb, went over rules, behaviour expectations and the roles for the helpers.

Fantastic session absolutely loved it (not just myself but the children to) I can't wait for the next lot of sessions, Bring it on... 

8th March - assessment day:

Oh my word aaaggh Jeannette is coming to assess me and my forest school today; I'm Very nervous and anxious how will it go? Will I lose anyone? What will happen? will the children behave? Will the session go well? Am I doing it right?

Wow what a fab session, children loved it (most important) and Jeannette was very pleased and loved our area, phew know just got to pull my finger out and get my last lot of assignments done.

28th March

Another brilliant session, the children have been trying to climb trees. LC has been the only one to do it on his own, today the other children asked me to help them but I set them a challenge to work together and do it themselves. Wow what an amazing thing to watch for 20-30 minutes they tried various ways and then eventually they worked out that if they got on their hands and knees and a friend stood on their backs they could reach the branch and climb up. I have never seen children with the biggest smiles on their faces, I'm so proud of them it was brilliant.

29th March

:( Last session with these children today, really sad.

We made a fire, well I tried and tried, why does it never go to plan beautiful day, oh my what a nightmare I can normally start them easily not today it seems :(. Finally got the fire light and the children thoroughly enjoyed toasting their marshmallows shame I didn't have more to give them. Fab last session. 

9/5/12 - Day 7; take 2 practical skills (twilight)

As much as I'm apprehensive about this final assessment, I know have confidence in my abilities and ideas of what I'm going to make and how. Just need to do it :) 

I am so glad I have done this course, it has been amazing and I know the children are benefitting from it. Thank you soo much to Chris and her team.