Moon rocks and Intergalactic Campfire Treats
Students from the Entry Level Moving Forward in Health and Social Care and Early Years programme at Blackburn College have been hunting for moon rocks and cooking marshmallow treats with children from St Michael’s with St John’s Church of England Primary School, as part of their Forest School enrichment programme.
The Forest School ethos promotes equality, creativity and independence of thought, and aims to develop a child’s ability to initiate and drive their own learning and development.
In 2017, Blackburn College became the first Further Education institution in the country to offer a forest school enrichment programme endorsed by the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education (CACHE).
Susan Croasdale, Childhood Studies Lecturer at Blackburn College said: “We were invited to St Michael’s with St John’s Church of England Primary School by their Nursery class teacher Lisa Lee, who had heard good things about our Forest School Enrichment Programme.
“The Nursery class were following the theme ‘To infinity and beyond’ so our students planned space age activities which we conducted outside in the school grounds.
“We built a base camp for the children to explore from, hunting for moon rocks and making spaceman treats to bake on our camp fire, we built rockets and had a rocket relay race and sang songs and told space themed stories.”
Lisa Lee, Nursery Class Teacher at St Michael's with St John's CE Primary School said: “The children and staff thoroughly enjoyed them themselves, and the children were desperate to show their parents their special badges and inform them about the fire!
“We would like to thank the amazing students from Blackburn College for organising the carousel of engaging activities and for the excellent resources they prepared.
“It is clear that the students clearly love their forest school work and were chatting to me enthusiastically about the activities that they do at Blackburn College. They were so professional and we wish them all the best of luck on their childcare journey.”
Sue added: “The Wild Wow Wednesday event was a wonderful experience for the students and clearly the nursery had a fantastic time too.
“This activity was a collaboration between St Michael’s and St John’s Church of England Primary School and Blackburn College to promote community cohesion and enhance the skills of children, promoting outdoor play and learning and our students’ experience of work based learning.
“We hope that this might be the first of many that we can offer to local schools and nurseries in the area.”
To take part in these exciting activities, discover the Childhood Studies department at Blackburn College and the range of programmes on offer, by visiting www.blackburn.ac.uk
To Discover our Childhood Studies programmes, visit https://www.blackburn.ac.uk/courses/?ageGroup=&programme=Technical&studyMode=&category=Childhood%20Studies&search=&page=1
4 Apr 2018, 09:48 AM