Tree 1_129x240We are delighted to be able to share with you our plans for commencing our Forest School from January 2021!

Here’s what we’ve been up to so far…

Forest School is a child-centred, inspirational learning process and encourages play, exploration and supported risk taking. It aims to develop confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting. Each class will access the Forest School once per week with one class, starting with the Reception classes; will have approx. six consecutive sessions, per half term.

Mrs Bennett, our new Outdoor Learning Leader, has been busy getting everything ready for a January start. She is planning to attend the site every Saturday between now until Christmas, to transform it into a Forest School, which will evolve as time goes on. We have made our first order of general Forest School Equipment, alongside items to set-up a Canopy.

There are some requests for resources we need, if anyone can help, or knows someone who can!

For the Main Area:

  • We think we have sourced Tree Stumps (children’s bottom sized!)
  • Old fleece blankets for the children to lay on their laps so they can snuggle up at book time at the end of the sessions

For the Mud Kitchen:

  • Old saucepans, colanders, fairy cake baking trays, spatulas, stirring/serving spoons

For the Bug Area

  • We now have a large collection of old tyres – thank you!

The children will also be participating in the Water Aid School Challenge – ‘how to make a tippy tap’. We will need plenty of 2L Milk Containers for this.

If you have any of these resources, please deliver to the School Office, who will safely transport to the Forest School area. Thank you in advance for any donations received.

Some activities the children will engage in are… building bug hotels, building dens, creating mazes, potato peeling whittling and campfire cooking – we will be setting up a Forest School Page on our website; therefore, hope to provide more information soon!

In time, we hope that we can involve our families even more with Forest School, as we know many of you are keen to get involved.

Children will need to wear clothing that is both appropriate for the weather and for exploring the woodland. As we already have a relaxed uniform, not much needs to change, as long as they have full-length trousers/jogging bottoms/leggings and a sweatshirt/jumper or fleece on. They will need a warm coat, ideally waterproof with a hood, gloves and woolly hat. Finally, they need boots/trainers or wellies with warm socks!

A huge “thank you” to the PTFA for agreeing to fund this project, including the Forest School Leader, and for all your support. Without your generosity at school events, we would not be able to put this vision into practice!

Here’s looking forward to a positive development, as 2020 comes to a close! We are really looking forward to our Forest School adventure.

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