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)
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.