Mud, mud, glorious mud!
Over the Summer Holiday, Mr Ish and Mrs Walker have been hard at work in The Blue Coat Forest School. A second Outdoor Classroom (HC2) was completed, with the surrounding area landscaped and the addition of a second fire pit area and a Mud Kitchen. Most pleasingly, most of this work utilised recycled materials from work done over Easter to remove old and overgrown trees around the campus, left-over materials from the building of HC2 and various pallets deposited around the site during a busy Summer works programme.
The site itself utilises land which has, historically, been little used and therefore, the whole project fits in with a wholesome forest ethos of reusing and reinventing materials and environments.
This week Reception children have had enormous fun exploring the delights of the Mud Kitchen, letting their imaginations run riot creating many glorious meals with mud, water and recycled equipment from our old dining room.
The children at BCS now have the opportunity to work, play, learn and most importantly have fun, in a safe outdoor environment that has the feel of a proper woodland area. For the older children Forest School sessions continue on a Friday afternoon during TED time, and we are again opening our Forest School area to other schools in the local community as part of our Outreach Programme.
Much thanks must go to our excellent Friends Association (PTA) for funding the building of both HC1 (in the garden) and HC2. They have shared our vision throughout - at the entrance to HC2 there is a log from one of the felled poplar trees, carved with the phrase ‘Listen, Look, Dream and Grow’.
We could all do more of that!Published: September 13 2019