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"The behaviour of pupils is good. They have respect and care for each other, and display excellent manners."

- 'Good' OFSTED REPORT 2017 - Moorside Junior School

Forest School

Our Forest School vision: children take part in Forest School sessions each week that start with a ‘spark’, a game or activity linked to a theme, skill or an identified area of the curriculum.

Children then explore in their own self-initiated activities, develop skills such as tool use and finally come together at the end of each session to share a campfire snack and reflect on what they have experienced, achieved, tried or improved.

The first sessions for children new to Forest School focus on establishing boundaries and routines and developing an environment of trust. Children come together to explore, communicate and work together. How the children respond to the sessions influences future sessions as they follow their interests and ideas and take ownership of what happens.

Teachers identify key Oracy skills to focus on with individuals, groups or the class and guide children to develop their language through learning collaboratively. The prime aim of Forest School is to develop skills of meta-cognition, emotional well-being and communication and language. Class teachers work with our Forest School leaders, to identify areas of the curriculum that lend themselves most effectively to topics and themes taught termly.

Forest School Curriculum Overview 2019-20

Reviews from the Children

Gracie, Year 6

"My favourite thing about school is the teachers because they are so kind and helpful".

Andrew, Year 6

"I enjoy when we have Forest School because we have the best hot chocolate and marshmallows and find animals".

Emily, Year 6

"I enjoy doing art with Mr Moss and Forest School. The most enjoyable thing is going on residential trips like Marrick".

Evie, Year 3

"I like Literacy because it makes my writing better. I also like PE because we learn new skills that we don't know yet".

Ethan, Year 3

"I enjoy our big field as we can play on the play equipment".

Liam, Year 3

"I like PE as we get to learn with Mr Doey".

Xander, Year 3

"I like Forest School as we get to eat Marshmallows!"

Kolby, Year 3

"I enjoy play times as I get to play with my friends".

Beatrice, Year 3

"I enjoy reading because we learn new things from books".

Edward, Year 3

"I like Maths and Topic. In Topic, we find out about different Countries".

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Head Teacher: Mrs C Rowett

School Contact: Mrs J Pawley, School Business Manager

General Email: [email protected]

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