What is Forest School?
Forest School is an approach to learning that combines an appreciation, enjoyment and wonder of being in the woods/outdoors, with an approach that aims to enrich the whole child.
Children will acquire specialised, practical skills that are combined with the opportunity to support, emotional, social and spiritual development.
How does Forest School benefit my child?
In each Forest School session, your child will have the opportunity to:
· Learn new practical skills
· Learn specific bush craft and Forest School skills.
· Develop communication and team work.
· Discover and play.
· Learn to manage risk.
· Develop confidence and self-esteem.
· Learn to support, encourage and appreciate others.
· HAVE FUN!!!!
Who delivers Forest School sessions?
Forest School sessions will be run by Mr Claxton who is a qualified Forest School practitioner. He is also qualified in specialist outdoor first aid. Other teachers will also be on hand to support. Mr Todd, also a qualified Forest School practitioner and school teacher, (who is one of our fabulous parents) is also heavily involved in the development and creation of our wonderful forest school.
What type of activities will my child take part in?
· Tool use– saws, hand drills, bush knives.
· Woodland arts and craft.
· Den/ shelter building.
· Fire Lighting and management.
· Tree climbing.
· Willow craft.
What does my child need for the sessions?
There is a saying: 'There is no bad weather, just bad clothing.' This is very much the case for Forest School. The only weather which may cause a session to be cancelled is strong winds. Apart from that, we will be braving the elements whatever the weather!
We advise your child to wear:
Wellington boots/ walking boots
Waterproof trousers and a warm, waterproof jacket
Hat, gloves and scarf (they can always be taken off if too warm)
If for any reason you are struggling to provide any of the above clothing, please speak to the school office and we will see how we can support you.