Mrs Archer leads Forest School Sessions for children in Reception and Key Stage One. Mrs Derrick takes the children in Pre-School/Nursery for outdoor learning sessions. The sessions are held on a rolling programme in blocks and take place in the small wooded area and field within the school grounds. On occasions a session may take place behind the school in a public wooded area and also at Mr Campbell's field.
Forest School is an approach to educating children in the outdoor environment on a regular basis
The activities support the main curriculum (particularly literacy, science, maths and the arts) and have a strong emphasis on raising all children’s self-esteem and independence.
An integral part of Forest School is that children will experience the outdoors in all weathers. With the exception of very high winds and thunder storms, please assume that your child will be outside when they take part in Forest School, even if it is for a shortened session.
To help achieve this, we ask you to ensure that your child is sent to school with weather appropriate clothing and footwear to change into. We recommend that the children wear long trousers to minimise stings and scratches but please bear in mind your child is likely to get dirty! We reserve the right to exclude anyone who we feel is inappropriately dressed.
The PTFA raised funds to provide the school with waterproof coats and trousers for children to wear during the Forest School sessions.
If you have any questions about Forest School Mrs Archer will be very happy to chat with you.
Mrs Archer holds Forest School Leader Level 3 qualification and Forest School First Aid.
At Forest School all participants are viewed as:
- equal, unique and valuable
- competent to explore and discover
- entitled to experience appropriate risk and challenge
- entitled to choose and to initiate and drive their own learning and development
- entitled to experience regular success
- entitled to develop positive relationships with themselves and other people