We re-introduced our Forest Schools programme in September 2016 and employ a forest schools leader. The hands on learning premise of forest schools sits perfectly with the ethos and vision of our curriculum. It also means we are able to actively take advantage of the wonderful natural surroundings of our school.
Forest School offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment. In our school we run sessions for all of our classes on a time-tabled basis. As these are regular sessions throughout the year the children can experience and interact with the ever-changing moods and marvels, potential and challenges of the natural world through the seasons.
Sessions combine adult and child led activities such as den building; bug hunting; nest weaving; camp fires; tree climbing; planting; creating swings, see saws and balancing logs from the natural materials around them. There are infinite opportunities for children to develop their sensory awareness such as smells, textures, tastes and sounds and they are encouraged to take risks within this safe environment.