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Forest School

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The Forest Schools concept originated in Scandinavia and is about children exploring the natural world, enabling them to build self-esteem, confidence and independence. Forest School uses the natural outdoor space to focus on the processes rather than products and allows learners time and space to develop at their own rate. This is done throughout the year and in all weathers!

With support, children are able to take appropriate risks through developing trust in themselves and in others. Most importantly, they learn to use equipment safely.

Working with Clay...

We made clay features for our trees. Even those children who were not keen on handling the clay had a go! We have also used clay to make our own mini beasts.

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Working with Wood...

We made stickmen and started to learn how to lash two pieces of wood together. We have built houses for elves and had to think about the best place to build shelters. We had to use our imaginations and work together.

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Looking after animals...

In the winter we made high energy food for the birds and stocked up the bird tables. By the following week it had all gone!

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Den-Building...

At Forest School, the children think about how to make a good shelter and then enjoy building one! Sometimes the children have a go on their own with lots of team work and problem solving!

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Campfires....

One of their favourite Forest School activities is building a fire and toasting marshmallows! Again, the children learn to use equipment safely and whittle a willow stick into a toasting fork. They learn to use the correct position - the respect position - when approaching the fire. And they always enjoy drinking hot chocolate in the cold weather!

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