This week we introduced a new group to the Lansdowne Forest School – made up of our year 11 boys.
The boys were told that there were 3 main objectives for them over the coming weeks:
1. to enjoy spending time outdoors in the natural world
2. to learn some new skills
3. to take some risks and maybe try something that makes them feel a little nervous
This last objective is really important – because it is only by trying things that scare us a little bit that we develop confidence and self-esteem.
After a short introduction the boys set to work, and quickly learned how to put up a shelter. This was useful because it rained a little bit!
We then went on a walk around the site, which ended with a bit of climbing which the boys excelled at!
We also learned how to build and manage a fire safely – and enjoyed toasting a marshmallow each at the end of the session.
With spring well and truly here – and summer coming soon – we are looking forward to enjoying all that nature has to offer us at this beautiful time of the year.
Forest School Fact: spending time in nature has been proven to reduce anxiety, increase self-esteem, and improve mood!