We have developed a beautiful secluded Forest School area, with fruit trees, a fire circle and a tepee which children enter through a willow tunnel.
We have a trained Forest School Leader who leads our Forest School sessions and each child takes part in Forest School once per fortnight. Forest School sessions run throughout the year and children wear wellington boots and waterproofs so that they can learn about the natural world whatever the weather.
Living in a city where many children have limited access to outdoor space, Forest School sessions provide an important opportunity for children to take risks, to learn from their own first hand experiences and to develop a ‘have a go’ attitude.
Forest School is an important part of our nursery school experience. Children look forward to their fortnightly session where they develop self-regulation, risk assessment and an understanding of and respect for nature, the environment and the interdependence of humans, animals, plants and lifecycles. They learn to collaborate, take turns, develop their thinking and problem solving, develop communication and language, as well as extending both their fine and gross motor physical skills. Many children show improved self-esteem and self-confidence.
All risks are all assessed for potential hazards, with safety measures put in place to ensure that the children are kept safe. Children are taught rules for safe use of tools, materials and behaviour.
Forest School supports the development of many of the characteristics of early learning that help children become confident and independent learners, including: Finding out and exploring; Playing with what they know; Being willing to ‘have a go’; Being involved and concentrating; Keeping on trying; Enjoying achieving what they set out to do; Having their own ideas; Making links; and Choosing ways to do things
Woodland Trust website
There is a wide range of excellent activities to carry out with your child at home which you can access through the Woodland Trust website.
Click on the following links to access Woodland Trust website