In 2013, we introduced Forest School sessions for the first time. Forest Schools is based on the concept of learning through planned activities in the outdoor environment.
We are lucky enough to have a large garden hiding behind our school building as well as a science garden, a gazebo which we can use as an outdoor classroom and a large school field. All of these wonderful resources mean that we are ideally set up for outdoor learning.
At the moment children in F2 participate in Forests Schools and we hope to be able to expand this for more children soon. The classes who do not yet join in with Forest Schools still have lots of opportunities to take their learning outside the classroom.
A Forest Schools session begins with a story which inspires us in readiness for a practical activity, usually in the garden. Activities last year included: den building, modelling, natural art work and sculptures.
During the morning we enjoy a snack at our log circle and we also join in with maintenance activities which help to keep our school site looking at its best. All fruit waste is placed in our compost bins, showing children that not all waste has to go to landfill and developing our understanding of sustainability.
Following on from the outdoor session the children share their experiences in a piece of writing. Some of the writing that has been produced after Forest Schools has been the best we have seen.
Forest Schools takes place whatever the weather so it is very important that children wear the correct clothing to keep them warm and dry.
If you would like to find out more about Forest Schools please speak to Mrs Parker, our Early Years Leader.
Please see below a time table for the first half of the Spring Term.
For Forest School sessions please ensure your child brings a pair of named wellies and warm clothing suitable for the weather. You are welcome to send waterproof trousers for your child to wear. We are aiming to go outside in all weathers!