Miss Hopkins and Mr Rees are both Level 3 Forest School Leaders.
Each class is split into two groups, so that each group gets a half day session in the Forest School every other week - year round, in all weathers.
Our on-site provision was fenced and developed over 2017-18 so that September 2018 marked the first full year of this fantastic resource being available to all of our pupils.
The development meant clearing skips full of rubbish, removing some of the brambles, opening up pathways and planting some saplings and shrubs.
After the site was fenced some trial sessions were run for our Year 6 class, to help us understand how best to use the space and apply the Forest School ethos.
Forest School Principles
"Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem, through hands on learning experiences in a local woodland or natural environment with trees"
Forest School is a specialised approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland learning.
1. Forest School is a long term process with frequent and regular sessions in a local natural space, not
a one- off visit. Planning, adaption. observations and reviewing are integral elements.
2. Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural wooded environment to support the development
of a relationship between the learner and natural world.
3. Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident independent and creative learners.
4. Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and themselves.
5. Forest School is run by qualified Forest School Practitioners who continuously develop their professional practice.
6. Forest School uses a range of learner centred processes to create a community for development