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Regents Park Forest School

Forest School is a unique educational experience and process that offers children the opportunity to succeed and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland environment.

 

Children are given the opportunity to engage in motivating and achievable tasks and activities throughout the year and in all weathers. Children may explore natural resources, use a range of tools to shape their environment and play. During these activities they will learn boundaries of behaviour; both physical and social, grow in confidence, self-esteem and motivation whilst developing an understanding of the natural world.

 

The Forest School ethos originated in Denmark, where it was found that children who had attended forest school developed strong social and communication skills, the ability to work in groups effectively, high self-esteem, resilience and a confidence in their own abilities. These foundations helped to raise their academic achievements. The Forest School movement continues to provide rich opportunities for children to learn and play in the outdoors.

 

Year 2 seaside day and camping trip

Picture 1 Natural art invitations to forest school
Picture 2 Trust game
Picture 3 Using natural paints
Picture 4 Fathers day in the forest school
Picture 5 Making a home for our forest creatures
Picture 6 A visit to Storywood's forest school with Year 1
Picture 7 Hampa zome
Picture 8 Tree monsters
Picture 9 Natural painting at the Eid Mela
Picture 10 Using charcoal as face paint

Winter is finally on its way out and spring is emerging....

Santa came to visit us with his reindeer!

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Picture 2

Winter is here with frosty mornings and blue skies

Winter is here with frosty mornings and blue skies 1 Working together to create art
Winter is here with frosty mornings and blue skies 2 My fairy wand
Winter is here with frosty mornings and blue skies 3 Sharing my work
Winter is here with frosty mornings and blue skies 4 Creating pictures with leaves
Winter is here with frosty mornings and blue skies 5 Working with a friend from Storywood
Winter is here with frosty mornings and blue skies 6
Winter is here with frosty mornings and blue skies 7
Winter is here with frosty mornings and blue skies 8
Winter is here with frosty mornings and blue skies 9

Autumn 2016 brings laughter on our rope swings, hot chocolate and marshmallows and exploration

Autumn 2016 brings laughter on our rope swings, hot chocolate and marshmallows and exploration 1 Learning to light a fire (it takes time)
Autumn 2016 brings laughter on our rope swings, hot chocolate and marshmallows and exploration 2 Den building and team work
Autumn 2016 brings laughter on our rope swings, hot chocolate and marshmallows and exploration 3 I did it!
Autumn 2016 brings laughter on our rope swings, hot chocolate and marshmallows and exploration 4 I saw a butterfly and it was drinking nectar
Autumn 2016 brings laughter on our rope swings, hot chocolate and marshmallows and exploration 5 Collecting autumn leaves - I know what a conker is
Autumn 2016 brings laughter on our rope swings, hot chocolate and marshmallows and exploration 6 Conker bugs using a hand drill
Autumn 2016 brings laughter on our rope swings, hot chocolate and marshmallows and exploration 7 Learning how to do things on my own
Autumn 2016 brings laughter on our rope swings, hot chocolate and marshmallows and exploration 8 Tight rope transport!
Autumn 2016 brings laughter on our rope swings, hot chocolate and marshmallows and exploration 9 Carving pumpkin lanterns for Diwali
Autumn 2016 brings laughter on our rope swings, hot chocolate and marshmallows and exploration 10 Look at our den
Autumn 2016 brings laughter on our rope swings, hot chocolate and marshmallows and exploration 11 We made our own rope swings!
Autumn 2016 brings laughter on our rope swings, hot chocolate and marshmallows and exploration 12 Swinging
Autumn 2016 brings laughter on our rope swings, hot chocolate and marshmallows and exploration 13 Building, trial and error!
Autumn 2016 brings laughter on our rope swings, hot chocolate and marshmallows and exploration 14 Hot chocolate and a rest...
Autumn 2016 brings laughter on our rope swings, hot chocolate and marshmallows and exploration 15 Ruldolph
Autumn 2016 brings laughter on our rope swings, hot chocolate and marshmallows and exploration 16 Using the saw and drill to create
Autumn 2016 brings laughter on our rope swings, hot chocolate and marshmallows and exploration 17 I made my own reindeer using a conker
Autumn 2016 brings laughter on our rope swings, hot chocolate and marshmallows and exploration 18 Using a hand drill
Autumn 2016 brings laughter on our rope swings, hot chocolate and marshmallows and exploration 19 Learning to use a bow saw safely, I can do it!

Forest School Fun - We started it now you can carry it on! Happy Holidays and enjoy the outdoors....

A Forest School encourages children to:

 

  • develop personal and social skills
  • work through practical problems and challenges
  • use tools to create, build or manage
  • discover how they learn best
  • pursue knowledge that interests them
  • learn how to manage failures
  • build confidence in decision making and evaluating risk
  • develop practical skills
  • understand the benefits of a balanced and healthy lifestyle
  • explore connections between humans, wildlife and the earth
  • regularly experience achievement and success
  • reflect on learning and experiences
  • develop their language and communication skills
  • improve physical motor skills
  • become more motivated
  • improve their concentration skills

Exploring the forest

Useful websites

Get the Wildtime App

(available from the app store and google play)

What the children say

 

We enjoy.....

 

  • Making stick man’s family
  • Being outside and making things outside
  • Building dens
  • Making and flying kites
  • I love Forest School because we have adventures
  • Singing especially ‘Let’s go fly a kite’ and not caring
  • Making different sculptures in the woods
  • I love forest school, all of it!

 

We feel.....

 

  • Happy – I want more fun outside
  • Excited to be outside
  • Warm from hot chocolate
  • I feel happy in the rain because we get to jump in puddles
  • Relaxed – I fell asleep in the grass!
  • The wind in my hair made me feel dizzy

 

We learn....

 

  • How to make lots of things
  • To follow rules to keep us safe
  • That playing on my own is ok
  • How to listen to my friends
  • All about birds and leaves

Autumn in pictures

Autumn in pictures 1
Autumn in pictures 2
Autumn in pictures 3
Autumn in pictures 4
Autumn in pictures 5

Winter Woodland

Winter Woodland 1 Physical development - Piaget's schema
Winter Woodland 2 Making sense of the world - diverse stick men
Winter Woodland 3 Diwali sculptures - social & emotional development
Winter Woodland 4 Social and emotional development - teamwork
Winter Woodland 5 Howard Gardeners Multiple Intelligences in action

Wild in the Winter

Wild in the Winter 1 I can use my sense of smell, touch, taste, hearing and sight to explore the world around me
Wild in the Winter 2 I am keen to learn and join in with the group
Wild in the Winter 3 I can share experiences with my friends
Wild in the Winter 4 I can concentrate on a task

Spring has sprung

Spring has sprung 1 Planting wild flowers for insects
Spring has sprung 2 Year 5 teaching Nursery about habitats
Spring has sprung 3 Digging, transporting, classifying
Spring has sprung 4 Look what we found!
Spring has sprung 5 Den building and marshmallows on Fathers Day
Spring has sprung 6 Toasting marshmallows in the respect fire position
Spring has sprung 7 Rainbow colour hunt
Spring has sprung 8 Look at me - I love mud!
Spring has sprung 9 Rock climbing - spatial awareness

Summer in Regents Park

Summer in Regents Park 1 Charcoal face painting
Summer in Regents Park 2 Everyone wanted to face paint!
Summer in Regents Park 3 After school club experiements
Summer in Regents Park 4 Care free after school fun
Summer in Regents Park 5 A beautiful day
Summer in Regents Park 6 Learning flower names at playtime
Summer in Regents Park 7 Den building and problem solving
Summer in Regents Park 8 Mmmmm marshmallows on the fire!
Summer in Regents Park 9 Journey sticks
Summer in Regents Park 10 Journey sticks like our ancestors
Summer in Regents Park 11 Group time

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