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What is Forest School?

What is Forest School? 1

Forest School is an innovative and inspiring approach to learning that seeks to encourage, motivate, engage and inspire children through positive outdoor experiences.

 

‘Forest school is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education’.  (Forest School Association 2017)

 

Forest School sessions benefit children at Littleport Primary School in a number of ways:

 

  • Builds confidence and self-esteem
  • Develops problem solving skills
  • Helps to build positive relationships
  • Promotes good mental health and wellbeing
  • Supports physical development
  • Allows participants the time and space to develop skills, interests and understanding through practical hands-on experiences.

 

Where is the Forest?

At Littleport Primary school we are fortunate enough to have our own forest. We have set up our own Forest school that is used every session. This area has many features such as; digging areas, mud kitchens, bird boxes, climbing trees, bug hotel, a variety of native trees and more! The children are taught to respect and care for all the living things on the site.  

Our Forest School session run every day of the week except Wednesday and take place in all weathers except high winds or thunderstorms. Every child from Pre-School through to Year 6 has the opportunity to take part in Forest School sessions.  

 

Parents from Reception year were invited to a Forest School session with their children.   Here is the feedback we received from our parents:

 

“Forest School has benefited my child! She is more adventurous and likes to be outdoors.”

 

“The activities offered at forest School teach my child about the outside world and how to enjoy looking after it”.

 

“My child LOVES to be outside and looking for bugs and learning about all different things you find in a forest.”

 

"Children took part into a magical / imaginative activity. It was brilliant! Those types of activities can really spark their imagination / great for Literacy”

 

“I enjoyed watching children being able to climb trees and doing activities that are not possible in a classroom.”

 

“ I enjoyed being with my child, letting them take the lead and enjoying activities we do not always have the chance to do”

 

“I think Forest School is brilliant, it gives the children freedom to explore and experience the outdoors in a safe environment.”

 

“We are extremely lucky to have a Forest School opportunity”

 

“I am so happy that the school has a Forest School! I like the rules they have atForest School and children all follow them.”

 

“I was surprised at all the space children have in the forest! I think children are so lucky to have it”

 

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09/09/2019
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