Forest School offers the Nursery children the opportunity to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences within our onsite woodland environment. Children participate in engaging, achievable activities and tasks which will help to develop their personal, social and emotional skills, including: problem solving, teamwork, communication skills and independence.
Through guided and free choice investigations and activities linked to ongoing topics within the Nursery, Forest School provides rich opportunities to develop and enhance the children’s imaginations. They develop knowledge, understanding and a responsible attitude for our natural environments, wildlife and each other, promoting good communication, and offering social benefits for all those involved.
Forest School currently takes place every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday morning for our Pioneers children. The children take part in activities such as den building, fire lighting, tool use, planting and exploitative play such as the mud kitchen, digging area and musical area.
Whilst appropriate risk taking is encouraged at Forest School, sessions educate the children in techniques to manage their own abilities and develop an understanding of what is safe to do, and what is not; activities are largely child-initiated to give children the freedom to explore and to be curious.