Our on-site Forest Schools facilities
We are very fortunate to have two areas to work in and explore for Forest School.
Our school secret garden is located to the rear of the school building. It contains a few mature trees, a campfire circle, wild flower area, raised beds and an open space to focus on group or individual activities.
Young Woodland - we also have a large school field with a sectioned off young woodland area with several established young native tree species.
The Forest School Ethos
Forest School is an inspirational education approach to learning where children develop many skills and attributes through regular experiences in the woodland; developing the child as a whole, in a natural environment. Removing the constraints of the traditional four walls and allowing children the time and space to initiate their own learning through practical activities, children develop in such areas as resilience, confidence, self-esteem, imagination and independence.
Forest school allows the child’s full capacity to be respected; allowing them to use tools, explore, investigate and assess risks. There are no ceilings to learning for all children - no matter their perceived classroom ability, attitude or behaviour.
It is the adults role to lead by example, allow children to play and undertake achievable and challenging activities in safe and nurturing spaces, observing the child initiated learning and promoting further possibilities.
Fantastic freedom and fun!
What happens at Forest School?
Small groups of children get the opportunity for a sequence of outdoor sessions that enable them to gain new skills such as tying knots, shelter building, using tools and lighting fires. These skills are typically taught alongside or after many of the social and emotional aspects of the approach are fulfilled. As the children progress through Forest School they will become more independent and more responsible for their own learning. Throughout the sessions the holistic approach is at the forefront.