Forest Schools forms part of our curriculum. Regular sessions are organised each term for pupils and are led by a fully qualified and experienced Level 3 Forest School Practitioner. These sessions take place near The Gillford Centre and last around 2 hours.
Forest School Ethos
Forest School is an inspirational process that offers young people regular opportunities to achieve, and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland environment (Forest Education Initiative).
What happens at Forest School
- Games are played and small achievable tasks are set, such as collecting natural materials and building shelters from sticks. Children will also learn about fire and cooking on a fire
- The children learn basic woodland skills and simple tool use as a method to boost their self-confidence, raise their self-esteem and improve fine and gross motor skills
- The children use natural materials and through this develop practical and intellectual skills
These learning experiences help to develop communication, confidence and practical skills, as well as a greater understanding of the environment.