Forest School 2020-2021

As part of our traditional tales topic. We have loved introducing storylines into our play in the forest area. This week we enjoyed making houses for the fairies. We made all sorts of creative things for the fairies out of the natural materials. We made swings, trampolines, secret hideouts, camp fires out of sticks, fair ground rides, slides, roundabouts and lots more.The children really used their imaginations and had a fantastic time. 

Recently enjoyed planting beans, onions, carrots and peas. 

We have enjoyed making dens during our forest school sessions.

The children enjoyed making observations of the frogspawn and hatching into tadpoles in the pond. They also made observation of other creatures living in the pond. 

We enjoyed making bird feeders. We enjoyed watching the different types of birds that live in our school grounds. We learnt names of the birds, Blue tit, Sparrow, Robin, Magpie, Blackbird and pigeons.

What is forest school?

Forest School is a child-centred learning process, that offers opportunities for holistic growth through regular sessions. It is a long-term program that supports play, exploration and supported risk taking. It develops confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting.

Forest School has a developmental ethos shared by thousands of practitioners around the world, who are constantly developing their learning styles and skills to support new and imaginative learners. 

The process helps and facilitates more than knowledge-gathering, it helps learners develop socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically and intellectually. Forest School inspires a deep and meaningful connection to the world and an understanding of how a learner fits within it. Forest School helps children to develop into, healthy, resilient, creative and independent learners.

 Nursery and Reception Forest school Sessions

The Nursery and Reception classes look forward to the weekly Forest School sessions. 

They have enjoyed creating art and crafts from the materials found in our natural environment.

They enjoyed listening to the story Leaf Man, then going into the woodland area to find lots of different leaves of differing shapes and colours. They have been learning the names of some of the different types of trees in the school grounds and they have enjoyed talking about the changes in the world around them during the season Autumn. They have been discussing how the colours of leaves were changing to orange, yellow and red and the green colour was disappearing from the leaves as the chlorophyll was beginning to break down.They have also been observing the changes in the length of daylight and the drop in temperature.