Forest School is led by our own staff Fran, Tricia and Laura, who have been fully trained as Forest School Leaders. Dan Jewell, one of governors provides support.
Forest School encourages children to become independent, confident, responsible learners. It is holistic learning through play and exploration; children learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and use their own initiative to solve problems and cooperate with others.
During Forest School sessions, children build and light a fire, which will be used to cook a snack on, sometimes shared with the rest of the school. Blueberry pancakes are our favourite! We might cook using food grown in our garden, digging up potatoes, grating them and cooking rosti on the fire. Sometimes the children have a story around the fire which may inspire an activity e.g. following the story of Stick Man, the children may want to make their own stick man. Or they might build shelters and use green woodworking skills to create and build objects from the natural environment. The children learn to use real tools safely and responsibly.
Forest School is designed to enhance and complement our day to day curriculum. It offers all our children opportunities to develop confidence and self-esteem and to experience achievement in our outdoor space. All Forest School sessions take place in the wilder Forest School area of our lovely spacious garden and are fully risk assessed. Staff are also trained in paediatric first aid.
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