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Forest School at Sir Henry Fermor School
Forest School is a type of outdoor education in which children visit woodlands, learning personal, social and technical skills. It has been defined as “an inspirational process that offers children opportunities to achieve and develop confidence through hands-on learning in a woodland environment”.
Forest School uses the woods and forests as a means to build independence and self-esteem. Topics introduced are cross-curricular, for example the role of trees in the eco system and recognition of plants and animals. However, the personal skills are also considered highly valuable such as team work and problem solving. In addition to this the woodland environment can be used to learn about more abstract concepts such as mathematics and communication.
At Sir Henry Fermor Forest School we are fortunate to have a wooded site on our school grounds. Forest School is programmed weekly for our foundation stage children on a Wednesday afternoon so each class gets three sessions a term. Each other year group gets allocated a term in which they have Forest School on Fridays.
The activities provide a starting point and children may choose to take activities in a different direction from the one intended.