One of the most important objectives of Forest School is to foster a sense of belonging to a group of peers but also to enable children to function independently within that group. Some of the activities that the young people will take part in may involve an element of risk.
Forest School allows everyone the opportunity to learn through experience within a woodland setting, to develop their self esteem and confidence in a hands-on manner.
Our vision is to enable each student attending Forest School sessions to:
- have the opportunity to develop an inquisitive and positive relationship with the natural world;
- increase confidence, self esteem and respect in preparation for an ever-changing world, and;
- have the opportunity to achieve their complete and full potential.
The philosophy of Forest Schools is to inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences.
The Skills developed at Forest School
- Co-operation: The children develop negotiating skills with each other and with adults; they learn to respect each other.
- Motivation: The children develop the ability to focus, persevere through challenges and problem-solve.
- Decision making: The children grow in their ability to take decisions in their play and in negotiation with each other.
What to Wear
During the winter months, the children need to wear lots of warm layers. We suggest wearing leggings under a pair of trousers and wellingtons or walking shoes are essential. We will provide the children with waterproof trousers and jackets but they are welcome to bring their own from home. Hats, scarves and gloves are also encouraged but please ensure that you are happy for all clothing that is worn is able to get muddy!
During the summer months, the children must continue to wear trousers and plenty of sun cream - don't forget a hat! During the warmer weather, children need to continue to wear long sleeved tops and trousers to protect their arms and legs where possible.
"There is no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing."
Alfred Wainwright (British fellwalker, author and illustrator.
At the minute, we currently have our Forest school sessions up on the Ridgeway at Oak Leaf Forest school site. However; we are fortunate to have a fantastic outdoor learning environment in our school which we are working hard to develop for the children to use. We want to ensure that our children strive to 'Be Heard' and have designed how they would like the area to be developed. The area will include a wild life area, den building, chicken coop, woodland area, camp fire, willow domes and an allotment for our vegetables.