What is Forest School?
Originating in Scandinavia, Forest School is a method which uses the natural environment to promote participants social, emotional and physical development. Forest School offers children a fun, practical way to learn and experience a full curriculum in a woodland environment. Through regular sessions in the same area of woodland with a Forest School Leader children can develop:
Where is Forest School?
Forest School takes place within our school grounds; we have an excellent pond area which we have been developing over the last year to enrich the children’s experiences whilst learning outside.
What happens at a Forest School session?
A Forest School session lasts around two hours. The session starts in base camp where safety rules are discussed and a starter activity usually encourages the children to explore the site and boundaries. Structured activities are planned for Forest School but each session is unique as unstructured play is encouraged so that sessions can be guided by events and the children’s interests. The session always ends with a time to reflect and celebrate.
Examples of structured Forest School activities are listed below:
Tying a range of knots
Learning to use a range of tools e.g. bow saws, knives, loppers, hand drills, gimlet, bill hook and mallet
Fire lighting/Campfire Cooking
Growing plants, fruit and vegetables
Mini beast/Wildlife identification activities
Bird watching/animal tracking
What does my child need to wear?
“There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing”
Forest school will be able to go ahead in almost all weathers so long as your child is suitably dressed.
Please ensure that your child wears:
Long sleeved top
Full length trousers
Wellies /walking boots
Waterproof coat/trousers when wet
Additional layer, warm socks, hat and gloves if cold
Sun hat/sun cream when warm