Forest School sessions take place in the outdoor environment and are seen as a way of getting children outdoors and in touch with nature. Forest School is held over a long period of time and is about child-centred learning and engagement with the natural world. It focuses on children being guided by their own curiosity rather than completing tasks set by the teacher. They learn through play and discovery, collaboration and risk taking eg. fire lighting and using knives.
There are elements of the curriculum that are well suited to be covered in Forest School such as habitats, weather, structures, plant and tree identification, life cycle of plants. Forest School also gives the children a wonderful opportunity to use spoken language and their imagination using natural materials.
The children had a fantastic first session of 2020.
Den building and transporting wood and tyres not to mention lots of mud.
Forest school has been defined as "an inspirational process that offers children and young people regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence through hands-on learning in a woodland environment".
We are a rural school with an abundance of outside space. Our Forest School lead (Mrs Tina Sobczak) is a qualified Level Three Forest school instructor with a Forest School First Aid qualification. We offer opportunities to access the outdoor from the moment children can stand. Please have a look at our ‘what’s on’ page if you would like to access our Toddler and Preschooler sessions.
Mrs Sobczak is supported by Kate Long who inspires children to appreciate their diverse environment and express their ideas through outdoor writing and study.
We regularly use our pupil voice to develop the outdoor area.
|Pupil Voice||Date complete and further action|
|Forest school shelter||
August 2019 - Thank you to the PTA who funded this along
with a generous donation by the Co-op in Ellesmere and
sponsorship from our Perseverance Journey Day 2019.
|Water Supply||In place August 2019 along with shelter.|
Continually updated. The pathways are created regularly
through by our groundsman.
|Rope swings/obstacles||Large rope in place for balance work and team building.|
Tom Brannigan (Natural England) has planted 20 small hedges
with the help from year 5/6 as part of our ENHANCE project for
the Year of Green Action. This will need developing over the
years to come.
Pupil use of tools is being developed as a long term project
to enable pupil to have a wood station where they have the
knowledge and skills to work safely.
A generous donation of granite work surfaces from a local family
have been used to create a range of table of differing heights
making the area accessible for all.
|Develop the nature area||
This could be a pond or a wood storage area which could provide
a home for a variety of wildlife, away from the main forest school
area. To be developed 2020.
Pupil voice and interests are also used to plan the sessions, please see photos and annotations for evidence of pupil led learning.