What is Forest School?
It is inspired by the outdoor based learning system in Scandinavia and was introduced into the UK in the 1990’s. Forest School has been shown to have the obvious benefits of being out in the fresh air but it also has other outcomes for the children which extend back into school. The Forest School movement has been shown to boost children’s confidence and improve their behaviour and social skills. It has been shown to build a sense of independence, high self-esteem and team work. During Forest School sessions children explore, investigate and discover in a wild but safe outdoor space. Activities may include: making natural art and musical instruments, learning about trees and plants, shelter building, mini beast hunts and observations, games, songs, drama and stories.
How does it work at Redwood Primary school?
Forest school will happen weekly for the children of 2C on a Monday afternoon. During this time the children will go on a short walk to Sinfin Nature Reserve where they will take part in their session with Miss Clifton and then walk back to school in time for the end of the day.
Please provide the children with suitable outdoor clothing each Monday. The children will need sun hats if the weather is good and coats and wellies or suitable outdoor shoes for wet weather. A spare pair of trousers would also be appreciated in case the children get wet.
Keep checking class Dojo for lots of pictures of our exciting forest school afternoons!