‘NATURE IS ONE OF OUR GREATEST TEACHERS’
Forest School provides an outdoor learning environment with a child-centred learning at its heart that focuses on play, exploration and supported risk-taking. Problem-solving and discovery are important features that encouraging young children to learn through hands-on activities that helps to develop children’s confidence and self-esteem and supports their mental health.
At Church Lench First School we provide Forest School session led by fully qualified Level 3 Forest Schools Leader. Our sessions are not limited only to planned activities but include activities that are inspired by children’s interests, needs and follows their own curiosity and interests. 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.
We are very fortunate to have use local The Yeate’s Community Orchard which is only 5 minutes walk from the school. The orchard provides safe and enhanced environment to learn and explore. Areas for den building and fire pit, playing in the mud kitchen and exploring the woodland area, looking for mini beasts and other wildlife, helping to gain self-esteem and developing confidence and allowing the children to develop without the constraints of the classroom.
Before any child participates in Forest School, health and safety considerations are always of paramount importance. Personal details, medical record forms and formal written consent must be filled out and signed before a child can attend.
If you have any queries or concerns relating to the running of Forest School sessions please speak to the Forest School Leader Ms E Munro or your child’s class teacher.