Forest Schools

Forest School focusses on the social, emotional, spiritual, physical and intellectual development. The nurturing environment encourages children to develop a positive relationship with the outdoor, natural world. The ethos of a Forest School is based on a fundamental respect for children and the encouragement of their curiosity in the world.

Forest Schools believe in:

  • A child’s right to play.
  • A child’s right to access the outdoors.
  • A child’s right to access the natural world.
  • A child’s right to experience a healthy range of emotions.

Forest Schools aim to build resilience to encourage a learner’s creative engagement with other people, their environment, and their own potential. They aim to encourage self-reflection and build strong social and emotional skills that will follow them into adulthood.

At Littlemoor, Forest School will take place on school grounds. We are extremely lucky to have a forest School Garden within our school grounds. We are working hard on consistently improving this environment to enhance the experience for all children. The children will be closely supervised to ensure their safety, to observe and encourage their personal development and to support their learning. We ensure that Forest School enhances the opportunities for our children, and allowing children to develop resilience skills, curiosity for the world, connect with nature and understand sustainability which can be easily maintained. All children will have access to Forest School sessions at different stages within the year, and sessions will last a half term. 

When at Forest School, our children will access a range of activities, from team building activities and those that build self-esteem, to looking at the science of the wood, its history and future. The children access many activities through books, such as ‘Stick Man’ and ‘Room on a Broom’.  Children will have clearly sequenced learning which exposes children to risk assessing with tools.  We are also extremely lucky to have our very own Fire Pit, where the children enjoy toasting marshmallows, making food and drinking hot chocolate.

We have a range of planters; which children will be responsible for maintaining. Each key stage will grow a fruit, a vegetable and a herb each year. The produce will then be cleaned and given to the kitchen for children to experience at lunch time. We will also be embedding this further and developing a greenhouse within the Forest School area, inviting parents into after school sessions to develop sustainability.

Forest Schools supports the holistic development of the child:

  • Health and fitness – Being active in an outdoor, natural environment.
  • Increased emotional wellbeing
  • Social development – Communicating, and negotiating with peers and adults to solve problems and share experiences.
  • Skills development – Developing fine and gross motor skills and coordination for real purposes.
  • Gaining knowledge and understanding – Multi–sensory, real-life learning.
  • Individualised learning – Careful observation allows adults to tailor support to children’s own interests and stage of development.
  • Curriculum Links – Forest Schools supports many areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage framework, National Curriculum and the Every Child Matters agenda

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