Wood End Forest School

 

Forest School is organised and run by Miss Hall, with the help of school staff and volunteer parent helpers.

 

What does a forest school involve ?

Forest school involves taking small groups of children to our designated site to experience activities in a woodland environment.

These activities include:

· Setting up a base

· Identifying flora and fauna

· Creating art using natural materials

           · Shelter building

· Tool use

· Fire lighting for a purpose e.g For cooking, Boiling water.

· Exploring and learning about the natural environment.

History of forest Schools

Forest school originated in Sweden during the 1950’s and became an integral part of

Denmarks early years programme during the 1980’s. This concept then came to Britain during the early 1990’s when early years practitioners visited Denmark to experience the benefits of forest schools first hand. Since 2004 Warwickshire has been delivering training to practitioners when a partnership was developed between Warwickshire Wildlife trust and Warwickshire Early Years project.

 

How will my child benefit from Forest school ?

Forest School aim :

· To deliver motivating and achievable tasks.

· To help children to appreciate the natural environment.

· To help children develop confidence and self esteem.

· To help develop children’s ability to co-operate, working in pairs or as a member of a team.

· To help develop the ability to handle risks in a controlled environment.

· For children to use their own initiative to solve problems.

 

Will my child be safe within this environment?

It is the responsibility of the Forest School Leader to ensure :

· That the adult: child ratio is 1:6.

· That children have a clear idea of the rules and boundaries.

· That children are supervised at all times.

· Risk assessments are carried out for all activities.

· Site sweeps are completed before each session.

· Policies and procedures are put in place.

What clothes will my child need ?

Sessions are held in all weathers (except very extreme/windy weather). Therefore children will require:

Winter

· Long sleeved top

· Jumper

· Waterproof coat

· Thick socks

· Waterproof trousers

· Wellington boots

· Hat, gloves and scarf.

Summer

· Long sleeved top

· Trousers

· Socks

· Wellington boots or trainers

· Sunhat

· Sunscreen

 

Sadly, for safety reasons, children dressed inappropriately will not be able to take part in forest school activities. Thank you.