Forest School places an emphasis on outdoor, child-led learning, enabling children to expand their knowledge of themselves, others and the environment by taking part in hands-on activities in a safe, natural setting.
From September 2018 every pupil from Northiam Primary school will participate in a forest school programme of 6 weeks minimum during the academic year.
We promise that every pupil at Northiam C of E Primary School will participate in the Forest School programme of a minimum of 6 weeks throughout the academic year.
Forest School is an inspirational process that offers children opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem, through hands on learning experiences in a local woodland environment. By introducing Forest School sessions at Northiam, we aim to nurture an understanding and respect for natural places where children experience nature at first hand through a series of engaging and achievable tasks.
The Forest School experience brings learning to life and improves a child’s ability to work co-operatively whilst also offering them opportunities to take risks, make choices and initiate learning.
What is Forest School?
Forest School is an inspirational process that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education. The ethos is shared by thousands of trained practitioners across the UK and beyond. Its roots reach back to early years pioneers in outdoor learning and across the sea to Scandinavia. Each programme shares a common set of six principles:
1. Forest School is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than a one-off or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session.
2. Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
3. Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.
4. Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
5. Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
6. Forest School is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.
Qualifications and Supervision
Miss Neville will run the Forest School session as a qualified Level 3 Forest School Leader and will supported by staff and parents.
Who is Forest School for?
Everyone can benefit from Forest School. Forest School provides a valuable teaching tool for a wide range of curriculum subjects. It is an excellent way to support and enrich the National Curriculum and engages children with a variety of needs and learning styles.
What to Bring
Children should be dressed for the outdoors in suitable clothing for wet or hot weather. Long trousers and sleeves are recommended. We go out in ALL weather and may get muddy and dirty so old clothing is advised. Footwear should be comfortable and appropriate for long distance walking. Waterproofs are essential even in the summer. Please ensure children use sun cream and wear sun hats during hot weather. In cold weather make sure they have plenty of layers especially socks. In cold wet weather please pack a spare pair of socks.
Children need to bring sufficient liquid to drink, preferably water. Drinks should be in a reseal-able screw top bottle not cans or cartons.
What can I do to support Forest School?
- Wood: If you are having any tree work done we always need wood for activities.
- Tools: We are always looking for garden tools to help with our activities.
- Equipment: We are looking to extend our activities by using ropes and Tarps if you have any camping or outdoors equipment you wish to donate.
- Time: We are always happy to work with new volunteers, more volunteers means a wider range of opportunities can be offered.