Every child at Newbold has the opportunity to take part in Forest School sessions, children regularly visit the Forest school area for whole afternoons in small groups.
Miss M Smith and Mrs France, both Level 3 Forest school Leaders, plan and deliver sessions that often link to the topic each class is covering that term. Forest school aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners. Children participate in activities and games designed to build self-esteem, independence and self confidence through an appreciation of the natural environment.
A range of creative tasks are used, for example den building, investigating trees and plants and seasonal crafts using woodland tools and resources. Activities are planned to support and extend children's social development, self awareness and self regulation. Children develop woodland skills and learn to work as a team.
Forest school encourages physical and emotional development through outdoor play. Children have the opportunity to learn about the natural environment. They learn how to assess risks and most importantly to us their own initiative to solve problems and cooperate with others.
Miss Smith delivers Forest School sessions to EYFS and KS1
Mrs France delivers Forest School sessions to KS2
Our progression plan:
Our Forest school journey
We have an amazing space in our own grounds and over time we have worked hard to create a fantastic Forest School area.
The site before we started developing it:
Our Forest School Site now:
What to wear to a Forest School session
We work outside all weathers and across all seasons. Children (and adults) will need to wear clothes that are suitable for the weather at any particular time of the year.
- Welly Boots - stout shoes or boots in dryer months
- Thick Socks
- Warm waterproof coat
- Jumper or Fleece
- Long sleeved top
- Trousers (Not jeans)
- Hats and Gloves
*We provide waterproof trousers and jackets .
Winter - As the weather turns chilly lots of layers will be essential, children will not enjoy themselves if they are too cold. Layers can always be removed if they're too warm. Bringing spare gloves will be handy in winter.
Summer -In warmer weather please ensure that children are still well covered, long sleeves and trousers will help to reduce insect bites and scratches. On extremely hot days a short sleeved t-shirt may be more appropriate, but please ensure your child has suncream on exposed skin.
For more information please visit the forest school association website
What is quality Forest School?
Quality Forest School is delivery which holds to all six key principles that shape and govern the Forest School ethos. There are many forms of outdoor education and all have enormous value, however, Forest School is unique in its reach, delivery and effect. These six principles are:
- Forest School is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than one-off or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session.
- Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a lifelong relationship between the learner and the natural world.
- Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.
- Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
- Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
- Forest School is run by qualified Forest School practitioners, who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.
Page last updated September 2020