The primary objective of our initial session was to review the Forest School rules and routines. However, our welcome committee was none other than a curious hedgehog. As is sometimes the case during Forest School sessions, the plan serve as gentle reminders that sometimes we just need to forget the plan .
The hedgehog quickly became the focal point of our attention. In order not to scare our prickly friend, we softly sang our Forest School song and decided to maintain a respectful distance. We approached close enough for observation but stayed far enough away not to disturb the hedgehog. The children demonstrated great respect towards our little visitor. Many of them were pleasantly surprised since they knew hedgehogs are typically nocturnal creatures.
A group of children engaged in a discussion about the hedgehog's potential diet within the allotment. Eventually, we reached a consensus that they might enjoy the berries from the bushes and the worms from the soil. Furthermore, we brainstormed ideas on how to gently relocate them to a safer spot beneath the bushes without causing harm. However, when I returned the following day to check on their status and whether they were still there, I found that they had vanished!
The children also enjoyed some more usual Forest School activities like climbing the tree, swinging in the tyre swing or the hammock, digging in the mud, and making potions.
The children's ability to recall and adhere to the rules and routines was truly amazing. I am confident that they will eagerly share their experiences with Mr. Kerslake (George's Daddy), who will be joining us next week. They are all really excited about it.
From next week, we will notice and observe the changes linked to the Autumn season and we will read this beautiful autumn story about enjoying learning, friendship and courage.
Please take a moment to have a look at the pictures from this session below.