We are delighted to announce that we now have a Forest School in place in our lovely grounds.
An area in the woodland has been prepared for this work and equipment purchased by our PTA. Provision includes a camp fire and log circle, den making equipment such as tarpaulins and ropes and other resources to enable the children to investigate the natural world
Our Forest School is being led by Liz Reid who is a qualified Forest School Leader. Liz currently is taking groups from Reception and training our own staff in the principles and practice of this work. As we move forward other year groups will become involved.
Below is some information about Forest Schools:
We aim to give children a freedom to learn and engage in tasks at a different pace and with no defined outcomes. It provides them with a space to think, away from four walls. The ambience found beneath the canopy of trees can almost instantly relax and refresh them, leading to better outcomes in many respects. With all this in place, we are able to help the child develop holistically. With careful observation, it is the role of the Forest School leader to observe the child as a whole. Looking at their development in the following areas: social, physical, intellectual, communication, emotional and spiritual.
The inspirational process offers opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning. It offers the chance to initiate their own learning, to think creatively, which leads to better problem solving, to be resourceful and learn to assess and take risks, all with safety as paramount.