Forest School in curriculum time
We plan and deliver Forest School Sessions to all primary school age groups and lower years secondary groups, in a local woodland setting or in an appropriate setting within the school grounds. All required safety equipment and procedures, resources and materials are provided for.
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What does a typical Forest School Series of sessions look like?
- Sessions will always be run by a Level 3 trained Forest School Practitioner.
A minimum of 6 sessions – preferably longer – (the children need time and space to reap the benefits)
- ‘Whole’ morning or afternoon – (normal session length 2 ½ – 3 hours – including getting to/from site)
- Sessions are planned based upon children’s motivations, interests, needs and confidence levels. It is very much child initiated and led – there will always be plenty of resources to support any imagination
Forest School safety will always be discussed before the start of the session and any activity
- Stories, songs and games will often be brought in to deepen the learning.
- A skill, craft or activity will usually be introduced during each session and children will be able to choose whether to get involved in the activity or to pursue another wish
- Activities & Skills include: Shelter / Den building (natural & with tarpaulins and ropes), fire building and lighting, cooking over a natural fire, rope swings and tree climbing, Flora & Fauna investigation, tool use, woodland crafts and art, mud tree faces, tree painting, mud squelching & puddle splashing, …
- There will always be time dedicated for the children to reflect upon the session
- All sessions will be formatively evaluated and action points built into future sessions
- Feedback to Class Teacher / TA on progress of children and potential follow up points, during and formatively, after the series of sessions