We want our pupils to enjoy the wonder of God’s Creation! An ideal opportunity for this is Forest School.
Forest school is an inclusive outdoor and nature learning initiative. It gives children regular opportunities to play and explore the woodland area. It teaches life skills such as risk taking and problem solving; it develops confidence, independence and self-esteem.
Forest School also encourages curiosity and creates an interest and respect for the natural environment.
Their confidence grows in the outdoor area enjoying the new mud kitchen, making dens, crazy faces and animals from clay and playing coo-ee.re…
They take part in team building activities.
Terms finish with a camp fire where the enjoy hot chocolate and cook pain au chocolat using a pizza paddle or roasted marshmallows using our forest sticks.
When Topaz class experienced Forest School. They had a lot of fun making dens. Some children learnt how to use hack saws and bow saws. This proved very useful as they could saw wood to be used in their dens.
Lots of trees were climbed and a few children over came a fear of climbing, which is what it is all about – risk taking! The smiles on their faces show that everyone had a great time!
Some children learnt how to light a fire using a flint and steel. We then collected wood and had a whole class fire, which we cooked crumpets on!