Our weekly Forest School aims to enhance the children’s learning in an outdoor environment. We will provide opportunities for the children to engage with nature, learn new skills and discover the world through outdoor play. The learning will be child led with the teachers acting as facilitators.
Forest School has a holistic approach to child development having an overall positive impact on the children.
What the children will be doing at Forest School
Whilst at Forest School the children will enjoy a range of structured activities as well as closely supervised unstructured play. Each session will have a plan; however, the plans will be kept open and fluid so they can very much be guided by events, and by what the children want to do as each Forest School session will be unique. Examples of the types of structured activities the children will do are:
- Shelter building
- Natural art
- Story telling
- Safe tool use
- Tree recognition
- Animal tracks
- Natural games
- Fire lighting
- Kelly Kettle activities and basic cooking
- Path finding and exploration
- Bug hunts and much much more ..!
Forest School sessions will provide children with opportunities to develop independence and to take responsibility for their own learning. Whilst doing this the children will develop natural risk assessment strategies and understand that their actions have consequences. In exceptional circumstances – i.e. a sudden change in the weather, we may have to cancel Forest School, but we will always do our best to find an alternative activity and will always keep you informed.
All of our Forest school activities have been risk assessed prior to the children taking part.
Staff will inform you of your child’s forest school day in advance
And finally … Your child will have amazing adventures, with their friends, making long lasting, forestry childhood memories.