Forest School - Learning Outdoors

Forest School

We are the only school in the local area that has a dedicated Forest School teacher!

 The forest school concept originated in Scandinavia and enables children to develop their confidence, self-esteem, independence & social skills during child led and curriculum linked activities in our own (on site) woodland setting.

All key stages have weekly sessions and the children are actively involved in developing & maintaining our site plus contributing to the planning of their sessions

  Activities:

Story telling & singing, using senses to explore, campfire cooking, den building, wild arts/crafts, wood crafts, site conservation & tool use (pen knife, bow saw & bill hook). These are just some of the experiences children will enjoy!

 

Principles of Forest School

  • Forest School is a long-term process of frequent and regular sessions in a woodland or natural environment, rather than a one-off visit. Planning, adaptation, observations and reviewing are integral elements of Forest School.
  • 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.
  • Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners
  • Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves. (FSA)

Our Forest School is run by a qualified Forest School practitioner who continuously maintains and develops their professional practice.

 

I am pleased to attach our Primary Science Quality Mark portfolio which we achieved for the academic year 2018-2019 and was awarded in December 2019. We are the only school in the area to have achieved this award!
 
This award recognises the excellent science provision that we provide for our children. The Primary Science Quality Mark is not like other quality marks: it is a year-long CPD programme that looks at how we could further develop our provision and raise the profile of science. Which is now very much embedded within our curriculum.
 
It is clear from reading the children's comments that this quality mark has had a positive impact on their learning and attitude towards science.
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