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Forest School is about exploring and experiencing the natural world through practical, hands-on and easily accessible activities. It makes use of an outdoor learning environment to support and complement the work children do in their normal, indoor classroom. The children go out in all weathers, in all of the seasons. Whilst there, they are encouraged to explore their own interests and ideas in the varying natural environment, thereby stimulating their creative thinking, problem solving and skill development, all in the guise of play.
Research has shown that forest school is a very effective way for children:
- to develop self-esteem;
- to build self-confidence;
- to form positive relationships with others;
- to develop a growing awareness of their emotional needs and the needs of others;
- to learn to co-operate and work with their peers and adults;
The first group of children in year 3 have completed 9 weeks of Forest School. It has been a great success and something they have all really enjoyed. We have had lots of fun and learnt new skills. Here are some photos of what we have been up to.
We still need lots of resources such as large logs for sitting on and branches and sticks of any size, please help us collect these resources.