What is Forest School?
Forest school is a child-centred learning experience that provides children with regular opportunities for outdoor, nature-based learning. It is a holistic approach that promotes confidence and self-esteem through play, hands-on learning and the development of practical skills. Children are encouraged to develop a connection with the natural world and an understanding of their role in protecting the environment.
What are the benefits of Forest School?
Activities in Forest School :
Where is Forest School?
The Nursery School is fortunate to have a dedicated Forest School area within its outside space, developed in conjunction with Warwickshire County Council and Ragley Hall. It has a shelter, hedging and trees, providing a discrete learning area home to a variety of plants and wildlife
What do we do in Forest School?
Activities are carefully planned depending on the season, weather and the children’s interests from the previous sessions. Each session begins with a reminder of the ‘Forest School Rules’, followed by a group time which might involve a story, object, poem or picture to provide inspiration and context for the activities to follow. Children can then take part in a planned adult led activity or choose to explore the site and delve deeper into whatever has sparked their interest.
Typical activities include:
·Exploring the environment
·Mini beast hunts
·Mark making with different materials
·Nature scavenger hunts
·Being creative with clay, paint and found materials
·Creating shelters and feeders for wildlife
What do children wear in Forest School?
The Nursery School provides waterproof jackets and trousers to go over existing outerwear. We ask that on Forest School days you send your child in with their own wellies, hats and gloves – this means that they can experience Forest School during all seasons.
Who will support the children in Forest School?
All staff have received basic training in the aims and ethos of Forest School and taken part in practical sessions. In addition, one of our staff members, Stella Rutter, is trained as a Forest School leader. Sessions are currently led by Tracey Downie who will be undertaking her training soon.
Safety in Forest School
As in the rest of the Nursery School, children’s safety is paramount. All Forest School activities are risk assessed and carefully planned to ensure everyone stays safe and enjoys the sessions. Group sizes are small and children are closely supervised at all times. Children are always given the choice of whether they want to attend Forest School or not.
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