The Forest School philosophy is a vital part of school life and through their experiences our children learn many essential life skills; ‘Learning for Life.’
- provides an environment in which children can take risks, make choices and initiate their own learning;
- helps children understand, appreciate and care for the natural environment;
- provides ways of developing practical life skills in an outdoor environment;
- develops self-esteem, confidence and a positive approach to learning through the completion of small, achievable tasks;
- meets the needs of children with all learning styles;
- develops social and team working skills;
- enables children to be independent, self-motivated and considerate;
- helps each child build self-esteem, confidence, self-control and communication skills.
We are very fortunate to have our own Forest School in the Blackdowns. This site is the backdrop for our children to be inspired. Children have the opportunity to play and explore freely and creatively with the outdoor elements of earth, water, air and, with adult supervision, fire. They become aware of the changing seasons, the effects of weather, animals and plants in their varying habitats and the beauty and wonder of nature.
Another very important aspect of Forest School is the opportunity it gives children to learn about risks. Life is full of risks, some safer than others. Children learn to feel what it’s like to take a risk and understand how to judge risk.
Children are gradually introduced to using tools such as potato peelers, hack saws, knives and bow saws. They use these tools with adult supervision to create a range of things such as flag posts, whistles and wooden bead necklaces. An important part of each session is snack time when the children sit around the camp fire discussing what they have been doing, whilst drinking hot chocolate and having a biscuit, or two!