In Forest School we focus on having fun! The children are allowed to explore for themselves the natural environment, learning to appreciate and gain a respect for nature. They learn to communicate and co-operate with one another, through undertaking 'tasks' presented to them. The tasks are generated through a 'hook', where the children's attention/imagination is gained/stimulated and they can then follow through a task, following their own leads. The children show improved concentration outside, which leads into the classroom and their imagination is also developed/encouraged, which again leads into the classroom. We also link Forest School into the new curriculum for Science and Geography in Year 1, where we study the changing seasons and look at tree identification. Forest School is also hugely beneficial to children on the SEN register and also to those who may lack some confidence. There are no 'right or wrong' rules and children learn to work things out for themselves, giving their self esteem a boost in the process. WE LOVE FOREST SCHOOL!
We have entered Stratford in Bloom for the summer of 2020. Watch this space to find out how we get on!