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Term 2 2018/19 Forest School Feedback

 

6TW Wild Cats

 

Parent

 

Hi Mr Grobel,
A has enjoyed every session, in all weathers and is always full of interesting facts of what has been happening, smells of bonfire and damp and muddy which to me as a Mum means hes had the BEST time.
Such a fantastic way to teach and for our children to learn all sorts of life skills
Most importantly them being outside in the fresh air and reminding them they can have fun outside and away from devices....
Thank you so much for giving this oppourtinity to A.
Kind regards

 

Parent

 

M (6TW) and M (4H) have both loved their Forest School experiences-it has given them the chance to learn different skills, be in the fresh air and just behave as children should be, free from the constraints of the classroom.
The lessons have always been a highlight of their weeks, that they always talked about, and they regularly put into practice the skills they have learned at Forest School in the woods at the end of our road.

 

Parent

 

Dear Mr Grobel - K really enjoyed the lessons and hands on elements. She was enthusiastic about the activities and I saw a real benefit. Kind regards.

 

Parent

J's little creature he made is sitting with our Halloween decorations 😄♥️

 

Parent

L has thoroughly enjoyed every forest school session - regardless of the weather! She is always keen to share her latest experiences and to tell us about new skills that she has learnt...Many thanks for leading Forest School.

 

Parent

E enjoyed every session too and was always keen to pack her bag the night before! Definitely a highlight of the week for her. Many thanks

 

Parent

S loves Forest School and always has an excellent time. Great for them to be outside and experiencing new things. 

 

Parent

 

S loves forest school, it's a highlight of her school week. She comes home full of excitement about what she has been doing. The opportunity to learn outside the classroom, in a less structured environment really suits her. I think she also learns important team work skills without really realising! She's also really enjoying working with children from other years and getting to know them.Whatever the weather (cold/wet/grey), she is always excited to go.
 

6BW - Conkermunity

 

Parent

 

Hi Mr Grobel, Just wanted to say thanks for running the forest school with the kids. J absolutely loves these sessions and gets so much from them. I appreciate you giving up your time - it really is very kind and gives him so much pleasure. Thank you.

 

...forest school... gives the children a different approach to learning - problem solving in the real world! For kids that struggle with a formal classroom environment, forest school provides an alternative way for them to learn essential skills. I can't stress enough what an excellent opportunity forest school is for all children. It would be shortsighted not to have this as part of their learning journey. Thanks again Mr Grobel for all that you do for the kids. Both my two love forest school.

 

Parent

Absolutely- kids love it and learn loads.

 

Parent

...Forest school... is an important part of the curriculum teaching many different skills that children don’t get in the classroom such as taking manageable risks, empathy for others and nature,physical skills other than sports. It improves mental well-being and provides a sensory experience that sitting in a classroom cannot offer...

 

Parent

 

You asked for feedback on forest school. Both my children have really enjoyed forest school. They particularly like working outside. Learning new skills like lighting fires and cooking. They love Den building too. If I ask what they have done at school they will always speak enthusiastically about what they have done at forest school.

Regards

 

Parent

 

Re forest school email - Brilliant set up, children gain a lot from being outside exploring. Great asset to Otford Primary.

 

Parent

 

Following your message today, I just wanted to drop you a note to confirm how positive I feel about Forest School. R and O are lucky enough to attend Cubs and therefore do have exposure to “life outdoors” - camping, fires, nature etc. We as a family enjoy camping trips as well. However, I am mindful not all the children in their classes have that opportunity. Forest School gives all of the children the exposure to the great outdoors - which is so essential to their personal development. Both of my boys always enjoy every lesson they have at FS - and the muddier they get- the better in their opinion! We still have on our dining table a holly/log table centre piece that R made back in December! Whilst R and O are finishing their time at Otford, I am hopeful that this essential lesson continues at the school long after they have moved on. Kind regards

 

Pupil feedback

 

I like that we get access to lots of nature and can learn fun skills like fire lighting. Also, we are encouraged to work together but also be independent.

All of it is so much fun

I like it because I get to learn new things and I like being able to make new friends at forest school. Also you get to learn new strategies, like how to build a den properly.

The fun activities we do teaches us lessons also.

It is enjoyable and you get to go outside more often. The activities are interesting”

The fact that we get to learn new skills which help us build up our teamwork and gives us new ideas to try outdoors!

You get to play games in the forest.”

When we got to build a den and ours crashed we had to find a way round it work together

Popcorn making, hazel nut creatures, making fires, making bread

Last time, I had to drag a heavy branch across a tall tree and with M's help we achieved it.”

Making bow and arrow and dens and making fire also hide and seek

Term 1 2018/19 Forest School Feedback

 

Forest Explorers

 

Parent

Dear Mr Grobel

 

L came home last night after her final session at Forest school very enthusiastic showing me her pictures from her times spent there. She has absolutely loved these afternoons learning about the book ‘Stone Age Boy’, making bows and arrows, hair dye, face painting and so many other things.

 

Thank you very much for spending your time doing these sessions, as the children seem to be really enjoy them!

 

Parent

Hi,

I just wanted to email and say thank you for all that you do to make forest school so great. J was with you last term and he was very proud to have been asked to join in.

 

Both he and P always enjoy forest school and are always keen to attend. They both enjoy talking about it afterwards and sharing what they have made. The necklace J made me out of wood hangs on my jewellery stand and it makes him happy to see it 😄

P proudly shared the bread and popcorn she made with all the family!

 

Kind regards

 

4P Nutty Bears

 

Mr Platts (class teacher):

The children were well motivated and excited by the prospect of forest schools. It really helped them consider the importance of planning tasks before diving in!

 

Parent

I just wanted to send you a quick message to let you know how much M is enjoying Forest School. I was also like to thank you for the kindness you have shown when thinking of M's allergies. She was so excited when she came home with her bread today telling us that there was dairy free chocolate in it. This was so kind of you to sort this for her and help her to feel included. We are very thankful for this act of kindness.

 

Parent

Thanks for doing forest schooling, it is so important!

 

Parent

Good afternoon. I just wanted to say how much my son enjoys his Forest School lessons with you as I know you’d appreciate feedback. He particularly likes making food so was extra happy this week and is looking forward to making banana splits over the weekend with us! Thanks so much for your time and effort.

 

4H Wild Pigs

 

Mrs Harris (class teacher)

The children all enjoyed the sessions and certainly some like D seemed to grow in confidence as the weeks went on.

 

Parent

C has loved Forest School this year. He's gaining so much confidence and has been falling over himself to tell me what he's been doing.Thank you.

 

Parent

Thanks so much for all you do! Both J and P have really enjoyed forest school and are always eager to talk about it.

Feedback 2017/18

 

Pupil 5BW:

I think forest school is awesome! it gives me so many ideas for what I should do in the future. I wish we should have it every day.
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Parent

Forest school certainly seems to be the highlight of the week. More forest school please. Practical learning is so important. Not only are they learning skills but learning to work together. I'm sure it must have a positive effect on the kids and their attitudes towards each other. Seems to be a real confidence boost and sense of achievement. It's a great selling point for the school. 
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Parent

B loves Forest School. I second xx post that it is definitely one of the highlights of x's week. It fosters such a sense of camaraderie, team  work and accomplishment. It allows them to do and experience things that they wouldn't otherwise get the chance to participate in. Again, I can only echo x post, when I say, B wishes it would take place all the time.
To lose such a valuable and valued resource would be a real shame.
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Parent

My son loves forest school, he comes home from school and can't wait to tell me all about it. I think it's great fun for the kids and very educational.
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Parent

Both my sons love forest school and they always have things to tell me about what they have seen or learnt when they get back. It's so good for them to get outside and have a break from study to learn about nature and have hands-on experiences in the woods. Its been particularly good for one of my sons who isn't much of an outdoors person by choice. Thank you.

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Parent

R has had the best time at forest school -always buzzing with everything he has learnt. He had shown us how to measure trees looking through your legs, how to pick and eat nettles and that hawthorn leaves are tasty!
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Parent

G has had the best time ever. She is so happy about learning how to make a fire, building a den and making bread.
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Parent

D has absolutely loved forest school, always excited to tell us what she has learnt. From making bread on the fire, building a shelter, foraging and much much more. Thank you very much to everyone involved :-)
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Parent

L really enjoys forest school. She has loved using the mini saws and making bread on the fire and she has been very proud to show me how to eat Hawthorne leaves and nettles! It is such a pleasure to go on a nature walk with the kids because they are keen to help us discover new things and appreciate the natural world around us. I often mention the forest school when talking to others about the good things about Otford Primary. It's a great feature and an important resource for our kids. Thanks Mr Grobel.

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Parent

"Our son absolutely loves forest School, highlight of his week! He has benefited from being outside, able to explore & work as a team. He wants to tell us everything he has learnt & enjoyed."

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Parent

"Look at the smiles on the faces of the kids when they are learning at forest school! Says it all.  Our son loves going, he always comes home animated about the skills he has learnt and the fun he has had with his classmates. The children are very lucky to have this opportunity."

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Pupil, year 3

"It's the best day of the week"

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Parent

"Our daughter is mega excited and says it’s the best ever and comes home and goes straight out in the garden to carry on forest school.. I have holes with twigs and leaves. It’s a keeper thanks."

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Parent

"Our daughter has really enjoyed her first experience at forest school and learning outside of the classroom. In a world of cleanliness and technology it is brilliant for the children to be in the great outdoors whatever the weather. From making clay bugs, using their hands and getting dirty to making dens, working as team using the resources available in the woodland. "

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Parent

"Nowadays, when the temptation of virtual life is so present, it is important for our children to experience the gifts of nature, to learn skills which brings them closer to understanding, enjoying and appreciating their natural environment. Forest school shares this responsibility with us, parents, to help our kids grow into healthy, happy adults."

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