The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through an innovative, long term, educational approach to outdoor play and learning in a woodland environment.
Utilising our 110 acres of parkland, our Forest School site is unique. The area is designed to meet the needs of our pupils and is in a clearing of woodland. This keeps your children as safe as possible whilst giving opportunities to explore and discover other areas of more dense ground flora, such as brambles and overhead hazards. Children will grow stronger physically, become more balanced and coordinated.
All sessions are designed around the needs of each group and are learner-led. Sessions are designed around a theme, themes are sometimes subtle such as evolving or exploring the site or more obvious such as Robin Hood, butterflies, spies, fairies or nature investigators. Many areas of the National Curriculum, from the Early Years Foundation stage to Year 6, are intrinsically covered in the Forest Schools experience without the sessions needing to be curriculum led.
Teamwork skills are developed through games and activities. Individual skills and self-esteem are heightened throughout activities such as hide and seek, shelter building, tool skills, lighting fires or environmental art, the list is endless. Each activity develops intra and inter-personal skills as well as practical and intellectual skills.
Tools are used in Forest Schools in a traditional woodland manner and are introduced gradually with a structured safety base that your children become familiar with. The use of tools in the wood promotes trust and self-confidence within those taking part; their use will develop both gross and fine motor skills.
Mr Davies, our Forest School leader, is qualified in outdoor paediatric first aid. He carries out a daily site risk assessment and ensures that each member of the group has the appropriate clothing and footwear. He provides a safety brief pitched at the appropriate level to each group and makes sure the accompanying adults know the site entrance and the emergency evacuation point.
The daily Risk Assessment of the site makes sure that no major changes have happened since the last visit and that the area is safe to use.
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