Forest School

Parish have been running their Forest School for four years now!

About Forest School

They originated in Europe in the early 20th century as a way of teaching about the natural world. By the 1980s it became part of the Danish early years programme and involved participants journeying by foot (if possible) to a local woodland environment to learn outdoors on a regular sustained basis.

Forest School uses the outdoor environment to help all children learn.

Children are encouraged to develop independence skills, improve their decision making and raise their self esteem through small achievable tasks.

Each session is child led with children being encouraged to make their own choices and follow their own learning. The adult’s role is facilitative and enables observation and recording of the children’s achievements by the qualified Forest School leader.

Other Forest Schools have reported significant improvements in children’s independence, self esteem, social skills and concentration levels.

Forest School at Parish

There are a range of fun but educational activities all linked to the IPC and National Curriculum which include den building, mud painting, Woodland art, using tools such as whittling with potato peelers. Science activities such as rockets, making compasses, casting dinosaur footprints, looking into what waste materials decompose when buried and many more…

Most terms we now hold ‘Vertical group’ sessions which will include one nominated child from years 1-6 .These children benefit from working together, trying out new skills whilst learning patience, tolerance, admiration and respect between ages.

For the first time this summer we had a Forest School holiday club which proved very popular. Hopefully we will be holding more holiday clubs next year!

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