We are delighted to offer our children the opportunity to take part in Forest School sessions. Learning is brought to life by providing children with real experiences and by making their learning meaningful and purposeful. The aims of our programme are to encourage the children to:
o make choices independently
o develop an appreciation and respect of nature and all living things (awe and wonder)
o take appropriate risks and try something new in a supported environment
o work as part of a team
o develop inquisitive minds by questioning the world around them
o develop their problem solving skills
o develop personal growth by building self-esteem, confidence, resilience and a positive ‘can do’ attitude.
Our Forest School leader, Mrs James plans activities to spark curiosity and develops many life-long skills. Our ethos is to encourage and empower the children to lead their own learning whilst the teachers will support the children’s questions, comments, and learning in order to set appropriate challenges. It is wonderful to see the children thrive in the outdoor area.
What do the children say?
o climbing trees/ swinging on the rope swing
o learning how to use real tools
o catching mini beasts
o collecting leaves and conkers
o building structures (dens), woodland art, design and make objects using natural materials, cooking in the mud kitchen and of course getting very muddy!
The children end their block of Forest School sessions with a trip to Hampton Estate's woodland area (a local farm). This is a much larger woodland area in which the children can put into practice all the knowledge and skills they have learnt whilst having the upmost respect for nature and the world around them.