Forest School is a unique educational approach. It provides opportunity for children to safely explore, investigate and learn through positive outdoor experiences. Children learn to take turns, share and extend their learning in a practical way. It offers children regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem as well as investigate the natural world and environment in which they live.
It aims to develop:
- Self Awareness
- Self Regulation
- Intrinsic motivation
- Good social communication skills
- A positive mental attitude, self-esteem and confidence
Children participate in Forest School throughout Foundation Phase. The sessions are facilitated by a Level 3 trained Forest School Leader, assisted by a parental volunteer and take place within the specially developed Forest School Area of the Infant Site. Groups of 12 children participate for one afternoon per week for half a term and take place in all but the most extreme of weathers. Waterproof trousers and coats are provided and spare wellies are available if needed.
Attached below are examples of the activities the children experience in each year group. The programme is not rigid but follows child intitated learning and the weekly order may vary. Changes in seasons and weather will vary what the children experience.
Parents are notified when it is their child's turn to take part.