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Church of England Primary School

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Forest School

Forest School

 

Our vision for Forest School

At Sir Henry Fermor school we provide outdoor learning opportunities that are enjoyable, challenging and fun. Forest School support the personal development of all children in our care and promotes good physical and mental health.

 

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.

 

 

How Forest School works

Our Forest School team:

Mrs Patient (Level 3 Qualified)

Miss Greenwood (Level 3 Qualified)

 

At Sir Henry Fermor Forest school, we are fortunate to have a wooded site on our school grounds. Forest school is programmed weekly in EYFS on Wednesday/Thursday afternoons. Each other year group gets allocated a term in which they have Forest school on Tuesdays or Fridays.

Our Forest School sessions show a gradual progression from adult directed activities to child led play/activities, with the emphasis on the children leading and controlling their own learning. This will happen at different rates, depending on the individuals taking part. Activities selected will depend on the learner’s age, stage of development and interests. The activities provide a starting point and children may choose to take activities in a different direction from the one intended.

Every child at Sir Henry Fermor will get at least 5-6 weeks of Forest School each year, this means going into our wooded area one day a week to have the opportunity to develop essential physical and personal skills.

 Most importantly, the children learn how to care for and look after their natural world.

 

No one will protect what they don't care about, and no one will care about what they have never experienced.

 

David Attenborough

 

Activity Opportunities

 

  • Field studies Activities – minibeast hunts, tree identification, bird watching, life cycle games
  • Sensory Activities – games to do with colour, smell, sound, touch, blindfold games
  • Bush Craft – shelter building, knot use, fire lighting and cooking, wild foods, whittling
  • Woodland Crafts – willow crafts, natural jewellery, weaving, natural dyes, traditional crafts, threading natural materials.
  • Teambuilding and trust games – blindfold games, circle games, problem solving activities, team games
  • Wildlife Conservation – tree planting, nest box construction, coppicing, fence/path building
  • Imaginative activities – story telling, drama, role play, songs
  • Physical Play – tree climbing, balancing, log dragging, digging
  • Construction – shelter building, rope swings,  pulleys
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