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Forest school

Forest School session takes place every Thursday morning  in a specially designated off-site environment.
 
 
 

Forest School is an exciting approach to learning outside the classroom which is unique to our pre-school. The sessions are not activity based but instead are led by the interests of the children, supervised at all times by our level 3 trained Forest School leader and other trained staff. Children may enjoy such experiences as: 

  • building dens
  • playing hide and seek
  • telling stories
  • cooking over small fires
  • climbing trees
  • hunting for minibeasts
  • making mud pies
  • Playing on the adventure pirate ship

 

 

 

Forest School builds on the natural instinct to learn that everybody is born with. It offers opportunities to make choices, initiate learning and take risks, and encourages positive attitudes and behaviour.

The concept was developed in Scandinavia, and operates on the principle that children of all ages benefit from the learning opportunities present in a woodland environment.

 

Forest School sessions are practical. They emphasise the development of self-esteem, communication and social skills, personal responsibility and citizenship. These skills feed back positively into other work in schools and settings. When embedded in the setting’s curriculum Forest School enriches and links to all areas of development and learning.