We are very proud of our Forest School Programme, which incorporates Outdoor and Adventurous Activities. We have a fully trained Level 3 Forest School Leader who manages our outdoor learning.
All the children from Pre school through to Year 5 experience outdoor learning in small groups. This includes making fires, whittling, den making, nature study, outdoor science, art and problem-solving adventure activities. We are fortunate to have access to the beautiful countryside and woodland around Renhold too.
Forest School activities take place in all weathers and we make sure we provide waterproof clothing. However children will need to remember their forest school kit when it is their day to go outside.
Forest School runs on the following days -
Monday - Year 2, Tuesday - Year 3, Wednesday - Year 1 and Year 4, Thursday - Year 5.
Reception class and Pre school have special sessions throughout the year.
If you have any questions regarding Forest School or OAA please speak to Mrs Damiano (Forest School Leader).
Forest school kit
Children must bring a forest school kit to wear under the waterproof clothing the school provides. The kit should contain jogging bottoms or leggings, t shirt, wellies or snow boots, spare socks and on cold days a fleece, gloves and a hat.
Shorts, skirts or dresses are not suitable clothing for forest school, we recommend that legs and arms are covered.
Please ensure your child's kit is named and supplied in a bag they can hang on their peg.
From spring through to winter we observe and explore the natural environment within the school grounds and surrounding countryside. We go out in all weathers and the children learn how to dress in appropriate clothing to meet the weather conditions.
Each season we walk to the woods to observe seasonal changes in the natural environment and during our walk we learn about and observe the countryside code.
We study the life cycle of the Elder and Horse chestnut trees and collect Elder branches and conkers which we use in our woodworking sessions.
We learn to correctly use small hand tools including hack saws, bow saws, hand drills and various whittling tools.
We learn how to forage without harming ourselves or our environment.
We collect and identify berries, flowers, seeds, leaves, and sticks which we use to make natural dyes and natural art.
We collect firewood for charcoal making and learn fire safety.
We learn knot tying skills and construct frames to create temporary shelters.
In Outdoor Adventurous Activity sessions the children take part in team building and problem solving activities.
BENEFITS OF FORESTS SCHOOL
The Forest School approach aims to develop independence, build self confidence and resilience. It encourages a sense of awe and wonder and an understanding of eco systems. It gives opportunities for the acquisition of physical skills, co-ordination, dexterity and strength. It develops an understanding of risk and encourages problem solving and team work.
Forest School is a long term, repetitive learning process that uses a natural outdoor space and allows learners time and space to develop at their own rate.
Forest School empowers children to take responsibility for their own learning. The ethos encourages child-led learning. Children are set up to achieve and supported to take appropriate risks through developing trust in themselves and each other.
Forest School promotes holistic, individualised learning and development. It is for all ages and abilities and its ethos is fully inclusive. The natural environment stimulates all the senses, all areas of development and all learning styles, visual, auditory and kinaesthetic.
Forest School encourages emotional growth and self esteem. It gives the children the time and space to be themselves, find peace and communicate with each other in a safe and caring environment.
Forest School instils a deep respect and awareness for the natural world and reconnects the children to their environment.