What is Forest school?
Forest schools are becoming increasingly popular throughout the UK and Europe. They help to encourage a child to respect and build a relationship with the environment and nature; children learn to create a connection which aids holistic development. With regular sessions the children become more confident, resilient and independent. The learning is child led and each child is able to learn at their own pace about their surroundings. When the child wishes to complete small tasks it allows them to take supported risks in a safe environment.
What are the activities?
A wide range of activities will be on offer. Imaginative play, physical, sensory, exploration, whatever the child discovers is good for them. Forest school is NOT outdoor education; there are no compulsory activities, it is left to the children to choose what they want to do. Each session is loosely planned it is observed and assessed to continue to meet curriculum requirement and to develop a positive learning experience.
What will my children need?
They will get dirty so old clothes and ENTHUSIASM is essential. Waterproof jackets and trousers and wellie boots are required and during the summer months and warmer weather your child must wear a long sleeved top and long trousers to access the woodland activities.
All staff are qualified and aware of the forest school ethos, first aid is available at all times. The ratio during the woodland activity is 3 adults – 10 children.
We are lucky to have the use of private woodland within the school premises. This is entirely enclosed and a risk assessment is carried out before each session. All policies and procedures are adhered to at all times.