What is Forest Schools?
Forest Schools originated from the Scandinavian Education System based on outdoor learning.
It offers regular opportunities to learn in and about the natural environment.
It allows children the space and time to develop through exploration and play with practical hands on experiences.
Developed in the UK Forest Schools has become very popular, and evidence has shown successful learning outcomes for all who participate in it.
Forest School children develop confidence, self-esteem and independence.
What will my child be doing?
All children will be taking part in a variety of activities, in child centred lessons, carefully planned around topics with cross curricular links.
- Learning about seasonal changes
- Learning to use tools
- Den building
- Working with mud and clay
- Fire lighting and kettle boiling
- Collecting, observing and recording
- Exploring, investigating and finding out
- Studying flora and fauna
- Solving problems and team building
Links have been made with another Forest School Leader so that planned visits to a forest can take place each term. More information will follow.
When will they do these activities?
Nursery have access to our Forest School in the mornings. All other year groups have a timetabled afternoon as follows:-
Reception - Fridays
Year 1 - Tuesdays
Year 2 - Wednesdays
Years 3 - Mondays
Years 4, 5 & 6 - Thursdays
How will my child benefit from Forest Schools?
Forest School children develop increased health. fitness and emotional wellbeing from being active in an outdoor natural environment.
- They have opportunities to develop fine and gross motor skills and coordination
- They develop social skills by communicating, and negotiating while solving problems, working together and sharing experiences
- They develop a sense of self care, responsibility and independence
- They gain knowledge through multi sensory experiences and real life learning with links to the National Curriculum
How can I support my child?
Forest School takes place all year round and in all weathers.
To ensure the children are comfortable and get the most out of the experiences they will need a pair of wellington boots and warm, waterproof, outer garments. These should be kept in a bag on their peg ready for their turn. They may bring old clothes to change into if you prefer. Arms and legs need to be covered and hair must be tied up.
Encourage your child to talk about the natural environment and give them opportunities to be in it as often as possible.
Health & Safety
Health and safety is of utmost importance at Forest School.
Our Leader, Mrs Larkin, has nationally recognised and accredited training in Forest Schools (Level 3).
Our staff have, risk assessment, first aid and LA Forest School training.
All activities are strictly supervised.
All children are taught safety and hygiene routines.
Children are encouraged and supported in recognising and managing risk for themselves through real life experiences, understanding and respecting Forest School rules and the ethos of care.