During term 1 Kent Wildlife Trust began another year of Forest School at Sundridge & Brasted Primary School. The first of a three part yearlong delivery focused on creating habitats for wildlife at the school in the Nature Area.
Our first task was to identify and record all the different flora and fauna within the school grounds, as it was autumn there was an abundance of different fungus to examine such as Ink Caps and Stink Horns. Pupils were able to successfully identify the following flora and fauna during their sessions: Oak, Field Maple, Silver Birch, Holly, Cherry, Rowan, Ivy, Brambles, Nettles, Magpies, Hedgehogs, Robins, Millipedes, Woodlouse, Violet Ground Beetle and Devil Coach Horse to name a few.
After we ascertained the wildlife currently inhabiting the Nature Area together we made a plan of how to encourage and care for them by providing more food and habitats. We made; bird seed cake using a campfire to melt the ingredients, fruit rings, bird boxes using recycled materials and hedgehog homes using common household objects.
As with all Forest School sessions the development of confidence, self-esteem, respect, teamwork, creativity and resilience are essential to the planning and delivery. Free play is an integral component to Forest School and every session will include opportunities for children to run, jump, play, climb and improve their physical/mental health.
We look forward to seeing more opportunities for these in Forest school in Term 3 when we are going to be using fields opposite the school.