Recognising that we have an amazing nature area in the school grounds and all learn in different ways (and not just in the classroom), three members of staff have recently completed their Forest School training allowing us to proudly put Forest School sessions on the timetable from September 2017.
Forest School will be held weekly for each year group, alternating for each class. Sessions will take place in the nature area and will offer the children opportunities to learn about their environment, allow them to take supported risks and give a more holistic approach to learning.
We believe that it is very important to offer time, come rain or shine, to experience the outdoors, the seasonal changes, bird watching, bug catching, how the environment works, how to look after it and making masterpieces from it may encourage future wildlife experts and botanists. For some, just time away from the pressures of the indoor classroom can make a huge difference to their learning and ability to form relationships. It is recognised that outdoor learning is extremely important for a child’s all-round learning. Who wouldn’t enjoy using tools, lighting fires, building camps and a whole variety of hands-on exploratory activities?
To enjoy the experience it is important that the children are wearing the correct protective clothing. Therefore we ask as of September as part of the school uniform the children have in school waterproof trousers, waterproof coat and wellies.
For more information about Forest School, please explore the following website - www.forestschoolassociation.org