Not all classrooms have four walls! At King Edwin we are incredibly fortunate to have our own Forest School area on site. Mrs Sharp is fully qualified to teach forest school sessions to our children and also delivers after school clubs. Many Year groups visit the area regularly, especially our younger children.
Our Forest School is an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning.
Children have the opportunity to use tools, cook using the campfire, build shelters and explore the outdoors in a safe and secure environment.
Our outdoor classroom is fully equipped for all weathers therefore sessions take place almost every day.
Research now backs up what forest school practitioners have known all along – that children and young people are stimulated by the outdoors and typically experience, over time, an increase in their self belief, confidence, learning capacity, enthusiasm, communication and problem-solving skills and emotional well-being.
Forest School sets learning in a different context for children where they can undertake a range of practical activities and carry out small achievable tasks. At Forest School children can develop their team working skills and also learn to become more independent. Those who are unfamiliar with woodlands and green spaces can become confident in using them and this can form the basis of a life-long relationship with natural spaces.
Our forest school area contains everything you might expect and more. It is constantly evolving and growing.
You will never regret introducing your children to Mother Nature.
And so the adventure begins…
Forest School will aim to develop:
- Self Awareness
- Self Regulation
- Intrinsic motivation
- Good social communication skills
- A positive mental attitude, self-esteem and confidence