I’ve been reflecting on what we do

I was talking to some children today and they were telling me about their reading. One of the children told me they were just on level 6. I explained that it wasn’t ‘just’, if they were trying their best.  This made me think a lot about what we do in Forest School. Quite often, perhaps most sessions we might have a task such as building dens, creating a pirate ship, tying different knots and lots more. More often than not we do have an end product at the end of the session, and usually I am blown away with what the children create. What I am more blown away with and what I look out for is how the groups have got to that final product, how they persevered how they have collaborated and shared ideas. How they manage to solve problems and lots more.  The process is more important than the product, it is these things that build confidence and resilience and help us to become life long learners

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Forest School Practitioner

I started work as an SEND teacher and I... scratch that...As one of the children once told me "You're just Gilly who plays out with us and helps us to be safe." I'm sometimes a pirate, sometimes a Viking, sometimes the crazy story teller but I always aim to make it fun. I'm just Gilly and Forest School is my jam!