Forest School

 

Subject Leader : Mrs N. Williams

At St. Peter’s Catholic First School we provide children with a safe and inspirational outdoor environment. It is here that they develop a love of the Forest School by taking part in activities which give them the opportunity to experience the awe and wonder of the great outdoors.

Each Forest School session allows children the time and space to develop their skills, interests and understanding through practical, hands-on experiences. Small achievable tasks will be available to develop their confidence, self-esteem, communication, social and physical skills.

Children are supported in recognising and managing risk for themselves. They are encouraged to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others.

By observing carefully, Forest School Leaders will scaffold and extend pupils learning through a range of planned and freely chosen activities.

Forest School is mainly centred around the child’s needs and interests which are explored through play. However, cross-curricular links to classroom learning may also take place. We aim to ensure that natural resources are used in our activities in order for the children to gain knowledge on how to be environmentally sustainable.

 

Through Forest School we want St. Peter’s children to:

 

  • Enjoy the great outdoors whatever the weather
  • Participate in practical physical activities which encourage them to be more active and help to develop their gross and fine motor skills
  • Develop personal and social skills by working together to complete challenges, take turns and problem-solve through practical tasks e.g. how can we make a big den?
  • Develop communication skills and learn new vocabulary
  • Become independent, enquiring and creative learners
  • Understand, appreciate and care for their environment and the natural world around
  • Begin to show awareness of environmental issues
  • Show an awareness of seasonal change and how it affects our woodland
  • Learn to assess their own risks and make informed decisions: Will the branch be sturdy enough to take my weight? How do I use a trowel safely?
  • Develop their imagination and creativity e.g. What shall I put in my ‘magic’ potion? My stick is a…
  • Be resilient with practical tasks enabling them to improve their attention span, persistence and commitment
  • Develop their self-esteem and confidence through engaging in small, achievable tasks which can be completed with success.
  • All feel valued and involved in a safe, happy and welcoming environment

 

How to Help you Child at Home

Leaf identification for kids – Nature Detectives (woodlandtrust.org.uk)

Twig identification for kids – Nature Detectives (woodlandtrust.org.uk)

Blossom and catkin identification for kids – Nature Detectives (woodlandtrust.org.uk)

Fruits and seeds identification for kids – Nature Detectives (woodlandtrust.org.uk)

 

Websites that will support your child’s learning in Forest School

11 DIY Forest School activities | TheSchoolRun

 

Autumn 2021 – Gallery