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Welcome to Forest School

 

We are very fortunate to have our very own Forest School here at Greave. 

The main focus of Forest School is to deliver all aspects of the curriculum in a stimulating outdoor environment.

 

 

Forest School is a long-term approach to education, for children, and young people, it maximises the benefits of learning in the outdoors. It is a fantastic process that provides opportunities and experiences for children to achieve and develop confidence, self-esteem and knowledge of our natural environment; through first hand experiences.

 

Forest school gives all children at Greave the opportunity to develop key skills and confidence and the Forest School programme is delivered by our professionally trained Outdoor Leaders.

 


 

 

What is Forest School?

 

Forest School is based on the principle that children of all ages can benefit greatly from the learning opportunities inherently present in a woodland environment. Forest Schools provides opportunities in an outdoor setting for children to develop a variety of skills: particularly PSHE skills such as independence, self-discovery, communication, self-esteem and confidence building. Children learn to take risks, use their initiatives and co-operate. Beyond this, teachers can use the outdoor environment as a vehicle for art activities, key science concepts, developing physical skills and a whole lot more! In a typical session there may be an adult-led activity, but the ethos of Forest Schools also allows time for children to follow their own learning pathways and interests and adults then support them in their learning.

 

Our Ethos

 

‘The Forest in the dip’ is a welcoming place where there are opportunities for all children to develop an appreciation and understanding of the wonders of our natural environment; through a process of discovery and exploration.

 

We believe everybody should have regular, long-term access to a woodland or natural environment which provides them with inspirational and challenging outdoor learning opportunities. Forest School offers a learner-centred approach, where children can learn through self-directed play and exploration. Children will be given the opportunity to develop their curiosity, confidence, self-esteem, creativity, empathy, communication skills, knowledge of the natural environment and ability to assess risk.

Learners will be developing lifelong skills that will be transferable through schooling and into adult hood including: developing confidence, self-esteem, creativity, empathy developing social skills through team work, communicating, discussing and reflecting.

Our Forest School takes place in a dedicated area of the school grounds, beyond the playground area and adjacent to the school playing field and the school’s perimeter fence.

 

Activities

 

Our activities will depend on the ability and experience of participants. Examples of Forest School activities include:

Woodland management

Environmental exploration

Nature exploration

Building dens and other structures

Fires and cooking

Games and invitations for imaginative play and discovery

Natural crafts

Using tools, such as knives and saws

Scavenger hunts and adventure

Seasonal celebrations

Creative storytelling

 

 

 

 

Forest School Timetable

Timetable for 4th September - 18th October 2019

 

The Forest School timetable will be updated every term. If there are any cancellations or temporary changes please check here for updates.

 

 

 

What does my child need to participate?

 

 

All children will need to wear clothing appropriate for the weather conditions. A long sleeved top, long trousers and a waterproof coat and over trousers. During the warmer conditions lighter tops may be worn, along with a sun hat and sun cream.

Wellies or walking boots must be worn at all times.

 

 

 

Helpers

 

We love helpers at Forest School and have had mums, dads, grandmas, grandpas, aunties and uncles come along and join in our sessions - this is great as we like to have a high ratio of adults to children during forest school!

If you are available to help with any of the forest school sessions, please contact the school office detailing times you are free.

 


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