Magic Spots - awakening our senses in wild places.
At Bee in the Woods, we love magical wild places. One of our favourite activities to do with school groups at Forest School is called ‘Magic Spots’. To begin, the children all head off to find their own space to sit. We shut our eyes and start to imagine the cars and houses and roads have melted away...
Then we listen. We hear the leaves rustling in the breeze and our own breathing begins to slow. We might hear birds calling and singing or a delicate snapping of a twig somewhere in the woods.
Next we feel. We feel the sun warming our skin, the wind cooling our faces and leaf litter crunching between our fingers.
Now we smell and we notice the scent of damp soil or fresh pine.
Only then do we use our eyes and we see things we have never noticed before and the woodland really comes alive! Children notice magical things. The things that adults miss. Like leaves shining in the morning sun and creating a green ‘I love you’ shaped window into the woodland.
And then the questions come! What is the wind? Where does it come from? Why can’t we see it? Why do birds sing? Where are all the animals? Why is their no grass under the trees...?
As leaders, we love ‘Magic Spots’
...and so do the children. They tune in to their environment while the teachers visibly relax. It is a fantastic starting point for our session and works with all ages. Children ask amazing questions, which we can uncover the answers to, without them even realising they’re learning (and teachers can tick off those objectives on the Programme of Study!) With our mind tuned in to the woods, we might now share a story, write poetry, create art, start a science workshop, learn about habitats or just write whatever we feel… the possibilities are endless. The benefits of learning outside!
These ‘Magic Spots’ can be found all over the city. Have you got one? If not, why not go out and find one. It’s good for the soul!
Bee in the Woods delivers Forest School and Outdoor Learning for Schools, Nurseries and Families across Brighton and Hove. If you are interested in taking your group outdoors contact firstname.lastname@example.org