Here at St Therese we are very lucky to have beautiful school grounds with lots of open space. We have long been advocates for Outdoor Learning for all ages and use our grounds to bring learning outside and our curriculum is not confined to four walls. Each year group has access to an outdoor working space and within the school day and throughout the school year our pupils can be found enjoying the outdoors as part of the curriculum.
We are very lucky that Mr Hunt (one of our staff team) is a qualified Forest School leader and we can provide Forest school sessions within our school curriculum and as an after school enrichment clubs.
The Forest School learning environment provides opportunities for pupils to develop self-esteem, confidence and form positive relationships with others. They learn to co-operate with their peers by working together, solving problems and taking risks within safe boundaries.
Activities within Forest School sessions include:
- Fire lighting
- Shelter Building
- Nature Detectives
- Tool Use
What is Forest School?
“Forest School is an inspirational process that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self – esteem, through hands –on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and complements the wider context of outdoor and woodland education. “
Forest School has six key principles:
- Forest School is a long term process with frequent and regular sessions rather than ‘one-off visits’
- Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
- Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners
- Forest School offers learner the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and themselves
- Forest School is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice
- Forest School uses a range of learner centred approaches to create a community for development and learning.
See Forest School Association for more information