Our Forest School takes place in the school grounds, within a dedicated area of trees. We give pupils the opportunity to explore the natural world; to build practical, physical and social skills, and take responsible risks within a safe outdoor environment. This in turn helps to develop children’s confidence and self-esteem, forming important building blocks in their learning journey.
Pupils in the Foundation Phase currently take part in regular half-day sessions, led by Mrs Roe (Class Teacher and qualified Forest School Leader Level 3) and supported by the class Teaching Assistant.
Each session is structured to recap safety, introduce a specific adult-led focus, allow for children’s free choice, and re-group for snack and ‘together time’, discussing what we have been doing. Examples of activities to date include: team den-building, rope-bridge making, wildlife identification and learning songs for the campfire, to name but a few.
We provide waterproof over-trousers and all equipment, and ask parents to send their child with wellies, coats and gardening gloves, plus sunhats or woolly hats according to the weather.
Forest School aims to give our children a lifelong enjoyment of the outdoors and a connection with nature that will help them value and respect our natural world.