Forest School

On rotation, each class has two 6 week blocks of Forest School and outdoor learning led by Clare Pike, a primary school teacher trained in Forest School learning and accompanied by Jill Byford, one of our TAs in school (and sometimes parents too).  These sessions will take place on Tuesday afternoons when the class teacher is released for PPA (Preparation, Planning and Assessment) time.

 

Across the year the sessions will be:

Term 1 – Skylark Class

Term 2 – Chough Class

Term 3 – Kestrel Class

Term 4 – Kestrel Class

Term 5 – Chough Class

Term 6 – Skylark Class

 

Children must be dressed in suitable clothing for the weather; a letter will be sent home before the class’ sessions with further information.

 

We are really fortunate to be able to offer this to our children; Forest School activities will be tailored to the children’s needs and include activities to support the children’s development across a wide range of areas including:

 

Social skills Communication, working with others, team work, sharing, playing games.
Understanding emotions Sharing our feelings, developing strategies to deal with emotions in safe way.
Fine Motor skills Using tools, knot tying
Gross motor skills Physical confidence, balance, flexibility
Resilience, assessing safety and risk taking.

 

Learning and following rules, safe tool use, lighting fires
Healthy lifestyle Fresh air, physical activity, growing our own food.
Learning about the natural world Seasonal activities, habitats, conservation, plants and animals.
Self-initiated learning Enabling children to pursue their own interests by teaching them the skills to achieve this.