Forest School

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Forest School is a key part of the curriculum at East Hunsbury Primary.

What is Forest School?

Forest school grew from a Scandinavian tradition of being close to nature.

Forest school children are given regular opportunities to develop confidence and independence without the pressures of academic achievement. Learning is child led and hands on, giving choices, ownership and responsibility. The children are valued and recognised, increasing motivation, enjoyment and participation.

Evidence shows that experiences at forest school have an impact on social and emotional development that will ripple into school and home life. Learning outside the classroom in this way contributes to raising standards in learning whilst developing the whole child.

Aims

To provide regular visits to an outdoor environment in different seasons and weathers,

To build confidence, self-esteem and independence,

To explore and experience the world.

Principles

Children learn to manage their own risk level to achieve personal safety,

Follow children’s interests and their pace of learning,

Enable children to make their own choices.

What will the children be doing?

Minibeast Hunting, Tracking, Treasure Hunt, Natural Art, Magic Potions, Shelter Building, Investigating, Story Telling/Innovating, Constructing, Collecting, Digging, Looking and Listening/Exploring, Climbing, Playing, Using Tools.