What is Forest School?
Forest School offers children regular opportunities to learn in a ‘woodland setting’, throughout the year. Here children can experience nature and the changing seasons first hand. Through getting to know their ‘woodland’, children learn to take appropriate risks; initiate their own learning and discover new skills and talents. Everyone can benefit from Forest School, as it provides a holistic approach to learning. It engages children in achievable tasks, through exploration and play. It is also a valuable teaching tool to enable links across the curriculum, providing children with opportunities to put theory into practice.
Our Forest School
Here at William Booth we are fortunate to have our own ‘green’ spaces: lawns, willow walk and mini woodland with a pond. We have a wide variety of plants, shrubs and trees that are home to lots of wildlife. We also have the opportunity to visit our fantastic local woodland at Colwick Woods, giving the children the chance to use all their Forest School skills and knowledge.
During sessions, children experience all sorts of woodland activities that help them to build an understanding and appreciation of the woodland. The activities are always achievable yet challenging – encouraging children to estimate risk and take responsibility for themselves, others and the environment. They are taught to use a range of tools appropriate to their understanding and abilities.
Children will have the opportunity to;
- negotiate, share and take turns through physical games, engaging all their senses.
- build shelters and dens, learning to tie knots.
- explore the different habitats, identifying plant and animal life.
- learn about conservation by looking after the environment.
- problem solve, be imaginative and creative through practical activities.
Forest School Kit
Forest School happens in all-weather (apart for high winds or lightning storms) and getting muddy and dirty is part of the experience, so children will need to have appropriate clothing for the season.
- A waterproof coat is essential.
- A hat or hood is a must.
- Wellington boots or waterproof footwear.
- Old clothes: trousers, long sleeved top, jumper.
- Layers are better at keeping children warm, and can be removed as they warm up.
- Waterproof trousers can be worn, as they keep out the damp when children are kneeling, sitting on logs etc.
- All kit needs to be labelled with the child’s name and in a big bag big so children can manage their own clothing.