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Forest School

Autumn Term 2 Timetable

4th November- Caterpillars

5th November- morning ladybirds and butterflies

6th November – dragonflies

12th November- bees and afternoon ladybirds

18th November -caterpillars

19th November- morning ladybirds and butterflies

20th November- dragonflies

26th November- bees and afternoon ladybirds

27th November- dragonflies

2nd December- caterpillars

3rd December- morning ladybirds and butterflies

10th December- bees and afternoon ladybirds

11th December- dragonflies

We are very lucky to be able to use the Holy Trinity vicarage woods for our Forest School. The children visit the woods fortnightly with a trained level 3 Forest School leader.

Research now backs up what forest school practitioners have known all along – that children and young people are stimulated by the outdoors and typically experience, over time, an increase in their self belief, confidence, learning capacity, enthusiasm, communication and problem-solving skills and emotional well-being. 

Be healthy,  physically healthy, mentally and emotionally healthy

Healthy lifestyles   At Forest School children are physically active a lot of the time and their stamina improves as they go through their Forest School sessions. Their experience can also help to lead to the development of healthier lifestyles as children ask parents to take them on trips to woodlands and green spaces outside of school times. As the children gain confidence and improve their self-esteem this can impact on their emotional and mental well-being.   

Stay safe The ‘wild’, and yet controlled, safe environment of Forest School ensures that children taking part naturally learn to assess risk and are encouraged to make sensible and informed decisions about how to deal with unfamiliar and unpredictable situations (such as exploring or climbing trees, using tools to build shelters and dens). Much of the learning for a child comes as a result of the opportunities they have for testing their own abilities in a real life context. 

Enjoy and achieve

  Forest School sets learning in a different context for children where they can undertake a range of practical activities and carry out small achievable tasks. At Forest School children can develop their team working skills and also learn to become more independent. Those who are unfamiliar with woodlands and green spaces can become confident in using them and this can form the basis of a life-long relationship with natural spaces. 

Make a positive contribution

Develop self confidence and successfully deal with significant life changes and challenges

Developing enterprising behaviour  Forest School helps children to develop their confidence. As they become familiar with Forest School they can take their new-found confidence into school and into other areas of their lives. Forest School can be particularly effective for children who do not do well in the classroom environment. Children learn to solve problems and be creative and imaginative at Forest School thus showing enterprising behaviour.