What is Forest School?
Forest School has developed form the Scandinavian education system and is about children and young people building self esteem and independence through exploring and experiencing the natural world. Forest School is an inspirational process that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.
What is it for?
We all know children love playing outdoors in natural spaces. The ethos of Forest School allows children the time and space to develop skills, interests and understanding through practical, hands on experience. It also allows practitioners to step back and observe the children in order to know how to support and inspire them to learn further. It is also lots of fun!
Where is our Forest School?
Our Forest School is located at Railway Fields which is a local nature reserve in Haringey.
What will the children wear?
We provide all children with waterproof trousers and jackets for use in Forest School sessions. We ask parents to provide wellies, and appropriate hats, gloves and scarves according to the weather. Remember the sun hats for hotter days. If it is very warm, children should wear long sleeved tops and leggings/trousers to protect them from the sun, and possible insect bites or thorns.
What do the children do?
Each Forest School session has a learning outcome which is linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage. The Forest School routine includes dressing in outdoor clothes as above, taking part in activities and enjoying a snack over there.
Forest School operates in all weathers and activities include mini beast hunting, collecting activities, pond dipping, creating mud pies etc.
Trained Forest School leaders (Shelley and Simona) ensure that the children have a high quality learning experience.
What are the rules?
We talk to children before we go to Railway Fields, explaining to them how to walk safely, hold the grown-ups hand and how to show good listening. They are reminded not to put their hands/fingers in their mouths to protect themselves.
When will my child get a turn?
Every child in Blue Room will experience two trips to Forest School, which take place on a Friday morning 9.30-11.30.