We are now running weekly Forest School sessions for the children in Foundation Stage from a site within the school grounds. Forest School offers opportunities for children to make choices for their own learning and take and manage risks. Development of these skills encourages positive attitudes and behaviour. The sessions follow the children’s interests and allow them to follow their natural curiosities. Children may enjoy such experiences as building shelters, woodland craftwork, telling stories, cooking over fires, hunting for minibeasts and making mud pies.
The concept was developed in Scandinavia, and operates on the principle that children of all ages benefit from the learning opportunities present in a woodland environment. They found that by taking the majority of their learning outdoors, whatever the weather, their children became resilient, confident and independent learners.
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