“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” John Muir
Being outdoors has huge benefits for children, both physically and mentally and Forest School aims to tap into these benefits by educating our children in the fresh air, all year round and in all weathers.
Currently, every child in Y3 takes part in a Forest School programme and it is also used across other year groups as part of our nurture provision.
Children attend Forest School on a weekly basis for approximately 9 sessions. This allows them to build confidence, self -esteem and independence. They learn by experience, participating in small, achievable tasks that include using tools, designing and building shelters, starting fires and tuning into the natural world around them. At Forest school, children can run and make a noise, get dirty and experience manageable risk, which is essential for healthy child development.
Working as part of a small team encourages social skills and communication and language development.
Outside the confines of four walls children can move, explore and discover at their own pace, connecting to the natural world and improving both their physical and mental health.
“The best classroom and the richest cupboard are roofed only by the sky” – Margaret McMillan.