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.