Early this morning the day started off as a bright and clear. This soon gave way to a gloomy and overcast sky and I anticipated a rain soaked Forest School session. Fortunately it brightened up in the afternoon and we only got one soaking!
I’ve volunteered at Forest School for a couple years now and I still thoroughly enjoy it. I help out on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and I really appreciate the opportunity to get out of the house. The sessions are always really good fun and I’ve learned so much during this time.
Todays session was with my sons year 6 class. We went off site, down onto Rolle Road which is at the bottom of Torrington Commons. The road (which used to be a canal) runs alongside the river Torridge. It’s a really beautiful location and the school is fortunate to be able to use it as an “outside classroom”. The children always enjoy the freedom of being outside.
The lesson plan was essentially relating to numeracy skills (measuring, division and estimation). The task was to determine the age of trees and find the oldest tree along a designated stretch of the river path. The children used tape measures to measure the girth of the tree (1 metre up the trunk). The girth is then divided by 2.5 (cm – the average amount of growth per year) to gain an estimate of the trees age. The oldest tree we found was over 200 years but it was actually a felled tree. I think the oldest living tree was about 170 years.
Here’s a few photos I took whilst the children were busy measuring trees.
The river Torridge (from Rolle Road, Torrington Commons)
Rolle Road, towards Taddiport. Torrington Commons.
Rolle Road, towards Beaford. Torrington Commons.
Rolle Road again towards Beaford. Torrington Commons.