With an abundance of outdoor space and a dedicated woodland spinney, Forest School forms an integral part of life at Westonbirt Prep.
During lockdown and for those learning at home, Westonbirt Deputy Head and Forest School Lead, Mrs Ann Dicks, has put together an imaginative guide of outdoor activities so that families can continue to benefit from outdoor learning.
Make a Journey Stick
Before setting out for a walk, find a stick and tie a piece of wool to it (a bit like making a fishing rod). As you walk, look for interesting objects and tie them on to your string. When you return, start with the first item and tell or write a story to match your journey. You could use footprints and write in these!
Collect any natural materials whilst out for a walk or from your garden. Arrange them to create a musical instrument. You could use sticks for a xylophone, logs to make a drum set or try hanging materials to make a windchime.
Use an old kitchen potato peeler to whittle sticks. Elder is great to whittle and easy too! Use the peeler to peel off the bark and shape the stick – remember to push the blade away from your body. You could then use sharpies to add features, just like this woodland family!
Encourage wildlife to visit your garden. Collect a range of sticks, wood, grass, leaves, pine cones etc. Find a spot in your garden, maybe near to a hedge or at the edge. Begin with a layer of sticks then lay a second layer on top so that they go in different directions. Fill the spaces with your grass, leaves, pine cones to make a tower.