What is Forest Schools?
Forest Schools at Edge Hill provides opportunities for children to learn outside. The project focuses on the development of children's social, physical, intellectual, creative and emotional development and it also encourages responsibility, independence and team work.
Forest Schools is a project that aims to encourage and inspire children through positive, hands on learning experiences, exciting games and activities that make learning memorable and fun.
Children visit the woodland and work outside on a regular basis where the outdoor environment allows them to develop without restraint, offering time to explore their thoughts and feelings and to interact with their peers.
Some examples of activities include teaching and experiencing:
Survival Skills - children are taught practical skills such as fire lighting without matches, campfire cooking and shelter building using specific knots.
Tool Use - children are shown how to safely use bow saws, peelers and sheath knives in order to create useful or ornate objects to take home or to enhance the sight.
Exploration - children have time to freely explore their surroundings in a safe environment. They have the opportunity to hide, climb trees and investigate the natural world around them.
Being Creative - children have the opportunity to create nests for wild creatures, or homes for the imaginary folk of the forest. They create tree people from clay, and then establish homes and lifestyles for them. Using natural materials, pictures and created encouraging reflection of their feelings and their learning.
Forest Schools runs throughout the year regardless of the weather (except high winds). It is vital that the children are well prepared with warm clothes, waterproofs and wellington boots. The school will provide waterproofs for the children, but we will ask children to bring wellingtons/walking boots when their class is involved.
Every class will have a week of Forest School activities during each term that will enrich and support their work in the classroom. Parents will be invited to school each Friday to learn about what the children have been doing and experiencing some of the activities.
Meet The Forest School Practitioners
New For 2018
Open to other schools - Get your class outdoors.
We now have our very own school minibus which we can now help to keep the cost down by transporting your children for a small fee.
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For more information
Forest School – Outdoor Fun & Education
Forest School offers an ongoing holistic safe learning environment, inspired by the natural setting and the children themselves.
As trained professionals Mark and Sally have a wealth of experience of working with children from Nursery to Year 6. This year we have been awarded the LOTC Bronze award making us unique in Staffordshire.
Each session can be tailor made to fit the National Curriculum or specific topics. Sessions are ongoing for a minimum of 6 weeks to enable long term development, involving being outdoors in all weathers and seasons, using basic tools and learning about physical and behavioral boundaries.
Sessions begin as quite structured, becoming freer as children become more independent. Children build dens, play games and invent new ones, cook over fires and learn about healthy choices, tracking and trails, mapping and treasure hunts, learn about nature, get creative by making music and art using unusual materials.
The Forest School site and all activities are risk assessed, and reviewed frequently to ensure a safe learning environment. Risk taking is an important part of self-education; some opportunities are given to test these boundaries in a safe controlled way.
If your school is interested please contact us on 01283 247440 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.