Forest Schools is a powerful and unique approach to outdoor play and learning building self esteem and independence through exploring and experiencing the Natural World in a multi-sensory way. Forest School Leaders facilitate a range of activities that are engaging, challenging and achievable in a woodland area.
Forest School allows individuals the time and space to develop new skills, interests and understanding through practical, hands on experiences with a holistic approach. It promotes healthy motivation and enables individuals to fulfil their own goals. It permits staff to take a step back and observe the children in order to then heighten, enhance and inspire them to achieve through careful scaffolding and facilitating. This can then be extended into the classroom by bringing outdoor learning experiences in.
At Holly Grove we are lucky to have an area in our school grounds that is dedicated to Forest School and the Eco Team. Our Forest School Programme is tailored to meet the needs of individuals within our school and will be continuously developed as the children grow in confidence, skills and understanding.
What a session might entail:
The forest school area has been developed over the last year. Mr Evans and his dedicated team of workers have zoned sections for us to work within as well as grow wild flowers to encourage a natural habitat. Mrs O’ Hare and Miss Mantle extended the fire circle area with logs from the trees cut down within our school grounds. This has enabled us to offer forest school to larger groups of pupils.
Nursery and Holly Tots
Wellies on, hats on, gloves on and off we go. Forest school on our own school grounds.
Children throughout school are working together in teams from Reception – year 6. They all have a five week programme to follow. So far at forest school we have built small and large dens, learnt how to use the loppers, sawn wood, made tree cookies, tied knots and had hot chocolate and biscuits of course! Future activities include making a toasting fork, lighting small fires and toasting marshmallows.
Reception Beaudesert Adventures 2015/16
Reception children and staff are looking forward to starting their forest school adventure at Beaudesert Park.