Welcome to Forest School- For Children
At Forest School we can:-
Look for tracks
Find beauty in nature
Create natural mobiles
Share around the fire
Make ourselves king for the day
Work as part of a team
Make meaningful things
Learn to use tools safely
Learn about animals and their habitats
Sometimes we find creatures
Make concoctions to change the world!
See things from a different perspective!
Expect to get Messy!
Forest School- For the Grown Ups!
The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences. Children participate in engaging, motivating and achievable tasks with adults acting as facilitators. The sessions are designed to support development in many areas of learning (physical, social, emotional, linguistic, spiritual, scientific…)
The emphasis in the planning is always on giving the children a holistic experience and focuses more on developmental outcomes than on ‘activities’ as such. The children are encouraged to explore and develop their own activities and ‘freely chosen play’ is a big part of the experience, especially with the younger children. However, opportunities are provided for using tools and most Forest Schools would have a fire circle. Learning about health and safety and taking ‘risks’ in a controlled way are important parts of the experience.
What benefits does it have?
Research has shown the following benefits:
Increased self-esteem and self-confidence
Improved social skills
Development of language and communication skills
Improved physical motor skills
Improved motivation and concentration
Increased knowledge and understanding of the environment
At St Pauls
There is a designated ‘Forest School’ area within the school grounds which forms a ‘base’ for most activities. The sessions also encompass other areas in the grounds (e.g. pond, wild area etc.).
Sessions are staffed by a Forest School Leader and at least one other adult- it could be You!
All Reception children will receive a series of sessions which will involve exploration of their environment, sensory activities, opportunities for physical challenges and lots of open-ended activities in the outdoors.
All KS1 (infant) children receive sessions in a group no larger than 15 again with two adults, they will take part in a range of structured outdoor activities which may include the use of simple tools. Each group will attend for approximately 12 sessions over the school year.
All lower KS2 (Year3/4) children receive sessions in a group no larger than 15 attending for 6 sessions in a block during the school year.