At Highbury Primary school, we want our children to be respectful, resilient, confident, kind, inclusive and aspirational. We aim to provide the children lots of opportunities to develop the life-long skills to be responsible citizens. One of these approaches is through Forest school.
|Children should wear long trousers (not jeans) and a long sleeved T-shirt for protection from stings and bites. Layers of old clothing are best as they protect from the cold. Please note: forest school clothes will get dirty!
|-in wet weather, wellington boots with 2 pairs of socks and in drier weather, old trainers
|sunhat or warm woolly hat depending on the weather
|Wet Weather Clothing
waterproof trousers and coat.
Please note: waterproofs are very important as we will be outside even in heavy rain! They can also help keep you warm on colder days and help to keep you clean.
Forest School is a child-centred inspirational learning process that offers opportunities for holistic growth through regular sessions. It is a long-term program that supports play, exploration and supported risk taking. It develops confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting.
It is described as;
“An inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults, regular opportunities to achieve, and develop confidence and self esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a local woodland environment.” Forest Education Initiative 2005a
6 key principles
Holistic Development happens when... ‘Cognitive, social, cultural, physical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of human development are integrally interwoven’.
Resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
Recent research carried out in Wales and England by the New Economics Foundation found that children who took part in forest school activities gained greater self-confidence, the ability to work in a team, more motivation to learn, and pride in their surroundings.
TES , Back to Earth, 3 July 2009
Messing about in the woods?
Through learning about The Great Outdoors, children also learn about Science, Art, Literacy, Maths, History, Geography, Music and DT.