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Forest School

Forest School

 

Forest school, is a outdoor education delivery model in which children visit natural spaces to learn personal, social and technical skills. We are delighted to be able to be developing our own Forest Area within our school grounds.

 

Forest School uses the outdoors as a means to build independence and self-esteem in children.  Topics are cross-curriculum (broad in subject)  including the natural environment, for example the role of tress in society, the complex ecosystem supported by a wilderness, and recognition of specific plants and animals.  However, the personal skills are considered highly valuable, such as teamwork and problem solving.  The outdoor environment may be used ti learn about more abstract concepts such as mathematics and communication.

 

Benefits of Forest School

  • Improved confidence, social skills,communication, motivation and concentration
  • Improved physical stamina, fine and gross motor skills
  • Positive identity  formation for individuals and communities 
  • Environmentally sustainable behaviours and ecological literacy
  • Increased knowledge of environment, increased frequency of visiting nature within families
  • Healthy and safe risk-taking
  • Improved creativity and resilience 
  • Improved academic achievement and self-regulation 
  • Reduced stress and increased patience, self-discipline, capacity for attention and recovery from mental fatigue
  • Improved higher level cognitive skills 
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Autumn term 2019 in the Forest School Area

During Autumn term in Forest School, the children have been having lots of fun.

When we started, the trees were full of leaves and the children have noticed how they are now bare and the ground is covered in the beautiful golden colours of Autumn.

The Year 3 children  have been shown how to safely use loppers, whittling knives, wood saw and hand drills.

 

Using the loppers                                       Striking the flint  

 

 

 

Whittling                                                           Reef knot      

Each child had the opportunity to use a flint and striker to create a spark that would get a fire burning. They worked together as a team to gather fuel for the fire and were careful to look after themselves and each other when we had the fire alight.

They persevered and eventually accomplished the skill of tying two different types of knots, then put these into practice to build shelters from the harsh wind and rain. It was wonderful to witness how marvelously they naturally worked as a team, listening to each other’s ideas and opinions.

                            

 

 

                     Journey sticks                      Team work, joining their ropes to make it long                                  enough for the shelter. 

 

This has been a fun packed term and spring will be very interesting too with lots of new and exciting activities planned.

 Mrs Lowe

HLTA/Forest School Leader    

 

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