Forest School Ethos
“Forest School is an inspirational process that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem, through hands on learning experiences in a local woodland or natural environment with trees”.
We are pleased to be able to offer Forest School sessions for all pupils from YrR to Yr5.
Miss S Curnock will be leading the Forest School sessions at Church Lench.
All sessions are held in the afternoons between 1:10pm - 3.25pm at Yates Community Orchard in Church Lench which is located a short walk from the main school site. For unforeseen circumstances that result in us being unable to use the orchard, we can use the school grounds instead.
Forest school activities take place in all weathers and seasons.
You will receive a letter before your child is due to take part in this exciting addition to our school curriculum.
What is Forest School?
- Forest School is an outdoor learning experience for children. It first originated in Sweden but quickly spread around other Scandinavian countries. Young pre-school children would be taken out into forests to be taught about nature where they were called ‘nature nurseries’, they explored the natural environment using the mediums of stories, songs and hands on experiences. The use of the outdoors on a regular basis was used as a way to develop confidence and self-esteem without the pressure of a more formal classroom setting.
- Studies suggest that children involved with Forest School are noticeably better at concentrating than being indoors. One of the main reasons for this could be due to the greater range of opportunities present for play in nature and the natural environment. Children seemed to play for longer periods of time, with less annoyance or interruption of each other compared to children kept inside or within small outdoor spaces.
- Forest School can encourage children to become more considerate towards each other, develop stronger social skills, equip children to be able to work in groups and generally have more high self-esteem and confidence in their own capabilities.
- Forest School sessions also provide children with the opportunities to manage supported risks appropriate to their environment. Consequently, the children will have the opportunity to use tools such as saws, fixed blade knives and drills, as well as building fires. These activities are carried out under the supervision of a Forest School Leader trained member of staff; Miss S Curnock and are dependent on the completion of an experience and activity risk benefit assessment.
Forest School at Church Lench
At Church Lench we believe that every young person should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development, whatever their age, ability and circumstances. We promote active learning outside as much as possible and believe that every child should have the opportunity to develop an inquisitive and positive relationship with our natural world. To achieve our aims we offer a welcoming and safe environment for all youngsters, teachers and parents to help raise confidence, self-esteem and respect in preparation for an ever changing world.
What Happens At Forest School?
During the afternoon, the children can get involved in a variety of activities if they wish or just enjoy exploring the orchard environment with the Forest School leader. Following activities have proved to be very popular:
- building shelters and dens
- Natural material collage
- Bug safari
- Mud printing
- Mud kitchen
- House for a mouse
- Hide and Seek
Forest School Sessions:
Class One will have 4 Forest School sessions commencing from Monday 14th November 2018.
Dates for sessions are below:
Wednesday 14th November 2018
Wednesday 21st November 2018
Wednesday 28th November 2018
Wednesday 5th December 2018
Below is the information pack for parents, including the forms to be completed and signed.
Information pack for parents
Forest School Cluster Event at Harvington C.E. First School.
Six reception children, along with with Miss Curnock and Mrs Pearce, were invited to take part in a Forest School and problem solving activities morning at Harvington. We were joined by Swan Lane, St.Mary's and St.Andrews schools.
The first activity we took part in was an obstacle course. Together as a team the children had to work out how to transport the water from tray A to tray B, without using buckets to carry the water. They could use pipes, guttering and bricks to create a track for the water to flow through.
The second activity was a building challenge. The children had to create a den for little animals to go into for shade from the sun. The materials they could use were sticks, logs, string, tape and tarp.
The children all worked well together as a team; sharing ideas, listening and helping to one another.
The children all said they enjoyed their morning at the cluster event and had fun taking part in the activities.