Forest Schools

forestschoollogo Forest School is a great way for children to have the opportunity to learn in a woodland setting and experience new and exciting activities.

Our Forest School sessions encourage the children to work together as a team, to take risks, to make choices and initiate their own learning.

 

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“Children are disappearing from the outdoors at a rate that would make the top of any conservationist’s list of endangered species if they were any other member of the animal kingdom…” Gill (2005)

What is Forest School?:

Exactly what it says on the tin, a school in the forest. In an age when many children have few opportunities to be outdoors, Forest School offers a way to learn in a woodland setting.

Forest School Aims:

To provide an opportunity for children to develop, to learn and to enjoy themselves outdoors.

Where is Forest School?:

Our Forest School takes place on school grounds in the forest located at the back of the playground behind the poly tunnel.

The children also have the opportunity to visit Pioneer Meadows during Forest School which is a much bigger location. Pioneer Meadows is a five minute walk around the corner from school.

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When is Forest School?:
Forest school takes place every Monday and Thursday afternoon in the main school. Every Friday afternoon in reception from 1:15 to 3:15. The children re accompanied by two adults, Miss Haywood and Mrs Dunne.

Will I get dirty?:

Yes! Please bring the advised kit:

  • Full length trousers
  • Long sleeve top
  • Warm thick socks
  • Fleece / Jumper
  • Waterproof coat
  • Vest, gloves, scarf, woolly hat and warm boots – Cold weather
  • Sun hat – Hot weather

We can provide waterproof coats, trousers and wellies.

Forest School helps to develop:

  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Communication and social skills
  • Physical skills;
  • Greater understanding and awareness of the natural environment;
  • Natural motivation and a positive attitude to learning;
  • The ability to recognise and manage risk;
  • Healthier lifestyles.
"Denying children of a chance to encounter nature, no matter how small, ‘robs them of the very essence of life" (Engwicht, 1992: 6)
“Denying children of a chance to encounter nature, no matter how small, ‘robs them of the very essence of life” (Engwicht, 1992: 6)