Forest school is an opportunity for our child to experience nature and the outdoor environment in a safe, secure and hands on way. Our "forest" is a small area within a large wood located just outside school. The children are encouraged to investigate and explore, but also to respect all living things. Children learn best from first hand experiences - exploring, playing and so learning using a range of activities both designed by the leader and instigated by the children themselves is what Forest School is all about. Building a sense of independence, high self-esteem and team work are important parts of forest school, but health and safety considerations are always of paramount importance.
All children benefit from taking part in Forest School sessions, which take place on Friday mornings from 9 to 12pm. The children will play in mud, so for the well-being of your child the following clothing and equipment is recommended:
The thickness of clothing will depend on the season:- sturdy trainers, boots or wellies; socks; long trousers; long-sleeved top; waterproof trousers; waterproof jacket; and a hat (sun or winter) are all advisable. Even when it is sunny and warm at the start of a session, a cold wind across shady woodland which is exposed to wind from across adjoining farmland can make a big difference. Rain will not cause a session to be cancelled unless accompanied by a strong wind. More thin layers are better for warm than one thick one and can always be removed if too warm.
Please use old clothes and let your child know that at Forest School they CAN GET DIRTY and you don't mind! Sun cream should also be applied if the weather is hot. Names on clothes would also be useful.