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Forest Schools

Vision:
We believe that every pupil will gain an appreciation of the outdoors and form a life-long relationship with nature!

Principle:
We:
Follow the values of Forest School which originate from Scandinavia. We operate on the principle that children of all ages benefit from the learning opportunities present in a woodland environment, whatever the weather. We model, support and extend the children’s next steps in play.

The sessions are not activity based but instead are led by the interests of the children. We provide hooks to inspire the children to enjoy a range of experiences such as:
• building shelters,
• woodland craftwork,
• telling stories,
• cooking over fires,
• hunting for minibeasts
• investigating nature,
• making mud pies.

As the programme develops woodland tools are introduced to extend learning and pro-vide new opportunities for risk management.

So that all children are:
• Independent and active learners
• Developing communication and language skills
• Growing in confidence and self-esteem as a result of the freedom, time and space they are given to experiment
• Gaining problem-solving skills

AWE: (and what else?)

AWE: (and what else?)

Children grow up with a new perspective on how to respect our environment.
Forest School Principles will be embedded in the children and can be used at home, play grounds, parks and can be taken back home to share with friend and family mem-bers.

At Ryders Hayes we love accessing the outdoors!

We give the children the opportunity to independently access the outdoor environment on a daily basis. In addition to this, the children have the opportunity to access our own Forest School area in groups on the school grounds, supported by Miss Kaur and Mrs Barton, both Forest School trained.

The concept of Forest School was developed in Scandinavia, and operates on the principle that children of all ages benefit from the learning opportunities present in a woodland environment. They found that by taking the majority of their learning outdoors, whatever the weather, the children became resilient, confident and independent learners.

The sessions are not activity based but instead are led by the interests of the learners. Children may enjoy such experiences as building shelters, woodland craftwork, telling stories, cooking over fires, climbing trees, hunting for minibeasts and making mud pies. As the programme develops woodland tools are introduced to extend learning and provide new opportunities for risk management.

“There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing".

“The best classroom and the richest cupboard are roofed only by the sky”.
Margaret McMillian

Each session will incorporate most, if not all, seven areas of the EYFS framework. As well as the obvious health benefits-both mental and physical; knowledge gained about nature, animals, insects and the seasons. The other benefits of Forest School are endless because nature offers a rich variety of freedom, risk and play opportunities. Risky play builds confidence, independence, enhances decision making skills and provides real-world experience. In turn providing opportunities for self-discovery; imagination, creativity, mastery, co-ordination and fine/ gross motor skills.

Furthermore, many Forest School tasks involve teamwork, which helps to develop language and communication.

At the end of each session the children have reflection time over a well-deserved cup of hot chocolate to talk about what they have enjoyed doing or something they have learnt.

When your child takes part in Forest School we provide them with all-weather coats and trousers. We ask that parents provide clearly labelled;

• Sturdy boots or wellies
• Gloves
• Scarf
• Hat
• Spare socks

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