Forest School

From September we will be running Forest School sessions at Long Mead Community Primary School.

In Forest School, all children are given the opportunity to access, experience and enjoy learning while working in an outside environment. We take the "classroom" outside and use the beautiful surroundings, weather and sounds to enhance learning. Forest School is a holistic approach which builds children's self-esteem, encourages their imagination and creates a desire to understand and learn. Children will develop a respect for the natural world in a safe environment where they can succeed and create. The children will be developing all kids of mathematical, literacy and social skills without even realizing it. Through exploration and discovery, the children are able to enjoy and initiate their own learning.

Miss Webster completed her Forest School leadership training this year and will be taking groups outdoors to learn in the natural woodland on our school site. Research has shown that children learn best from first hand experiences. Exploring, playing and so learning using a range of activities, both designed by the leader and instigated by the children themselves. This is what forest school is all about.

Forest School activities may include walking, craftwork, tool use, flint fire lighting skills, den building, campfire cooking and other related activities. A strict code of practice for working with children will be followed and all activities will be risk assessed.

What will you need:

Winter (Terms 2, 3 and 4)

* Vest or T-shirt

* Long sleeved top

*Hooded top/fleece or thick jumper

* waterproof jacket

*Waterproof trousers

*thick warm socks

*Trousers

*Wellington boots

* hat, gloves and scarf

 

Summer (Terms 1, 5 and 6)

*Long Sleeved T-shirt or top

*light trousers (Arms and legs must be covered in the woodland)

*Socks

*Trainers, sturdy shoes or wellington boots

*Sunhat