Introducing a very special friend of ours!

This wonderful man, Kev Keane, has been volunteering with Where The Fruit Is…feeding our souls and bodies through encouragement, practical help and truly delicious food, cooked on the open fire in all weathers. Anyone who has been on one of our courses recently will testify to his culinary genius, big heart, deep understanding of the Forest School ethos coupled with vast ‘bushcraft knowledge’ and passion for sharing nature with children.

Kev also runs Forest School for homeschooling families in Wytham Woods and supports Forest School leaders around Oxfordshire offering expertise with practical skills. We loved having his youngest son assisting at a recent Forest School training session.

If you are interested in cooking outdoors with your groups, consider joining us on our specialist Food Hygiene in the Outdoors training. Please follow this link.

Characteristics of Effective Learning

Early Years Practitioners already know so much about the way children learn best, through learner led play, spending many hours observing and reflecting on the play they see children engaging in. Left to their own devices in rich learning environments children will naturally explore and try things out.

To extend the child’s learning skilful adults are able to spot where to intervene by providing materials, asking an open question at the right time or modelling a new way of using a tool for example. These two children had seen older children using the hammer, leaves and calico to create “Hapazome” pictures and decided to have a go themselves, independent of any adults.

Although originally written with the Early Years in mind many schools and Forest School Leaders are using the following Characteristics of Effective Learning for all ages, as they provide us with a useful framework for talking about learning:

A powerful example too of reciprocity, a vital skill for building effective relationships.

Characteristics of Effective Learning Playing and exploring

  • Finding out and exploring
  • Playing with what they know
  • Being willing to ‘have a go.’

Active Learning

  • Being involved and concentrating
  • Keeping trying
  • Enjoying achieving what they set out to do

Creating and thinking critically

  • Having their own ideas
  • Making links
  • Choosing ways to do things

So many of these characteristics were evidenced in the period of play with the hammer that these two children engaged in, notably  being willing to have a go, being involved and concentrating along with enjoying achieving what they set out to do. That they felt competent and engaged, being trusted with a real, heavy tool and enabled to try it out for themselves without any well meaning adult ‘interfering’ was evident from the smiles they gave each other and the way they took turns. A powerful example too of reciprocity, a vital skill for building effective relationships.

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