Mrs Collins and Mrs Roberts are incredibly excited to be offering all pupils in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 the opportunity to participate in our forest school sessions this year.
Forest school is an experience which believes in a child's right to play and the right to access the outdoors, in our case, a woodland environment. Forest schools brings learning to life and improves a child's ability to work cooperatively while offering the opportunities to take risks, make choices and initiate learning. It aims to encourage motivation, the love of learning and team work. It develops self esteem and confidence through hands on learning experiences.
The Forest School ethos has six principles:
Principle 1 - Forest School is a long-term process of frequent and regular sessions in a woodland, rather than a one-off visit.
Principle 2 - Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural wooded environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
Principle 3 - Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
Principle 4 - Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
Principle 5 - Forest School is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.
Principle 6 - Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for development and learning.