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To gain our Bronze we need to experience nature and what better way to do it than writing about it....

Forest School gives 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, create, climb, play and use a range of tools to shape their environment. 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.

 

Our aim is to connect children with the outdoors and each other!

 

Autumn 2019

Beginning to explore our place
Pumpkin carving
Decorating
How can we get across the mud?
Team work - getting stuck in the mud needs friends
There's a bug in my pot!

Summer 2019

Spring

Summer Term

Forestry Inspiration

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Spring Term

Year 5 Forest School

Year 3 Forest School Fun

Year 2 seaside day and camping trip

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

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

Santa came to visit us with his reindeer!

Winter is here with frosty mornings and blue skies

Working together to create art
My fairy wand
Sharing my work
Creating pictures with leaves
Working with a friend from Storywood

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

Learning to light a fire (it takes time)
Den building and team work
I did it!
I saw a butterfly and it was drinking nectar
Collecting autumn leaves - I know what a conker is
Conker bugs using a hand drill
Learning how to do things on my own
Tight rope transport!
Carving pumpkin lanterns for Diwali
Look at our den
We made our own rope swings!
Swinging
Building, trial and error!
Hot chocolate and a rest...
Ruldolph
Using the saw and drill to create
I made my own reindeer using a conker
Using a hand drill
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

Winter Woodland

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

Wild in the Winter

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

Spring has sprung

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

Summer in Regents Park

Charcoal face painting
Everyone wanted to face paint!
After school club experiements
Care free after school fun
A beautiful day
Learning flower names at playtime
Den building and problem solving
Mmmmm marshmallows on the fire!
Journey sticks
Journey sticks like our ancestors
Group time
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