The children are encouraged to explore all aspects of the natural world. Their own interests and play ideas will be the basis of activities to extend their learning.
Materials will include collecting boxes, magnifying glasses, tarpaulins, books, pictures, paper, charcoal, sand, water, mud, sticks, logs, leaves, stones, string and imagination.
Activities will include Hide and seek, den building, picture making, bug hunting, collecting and sorting, singing, listening, observing growth and decay, noting changes in seasons, leaf printing, tree rubbing and many more.
What will my child learn at Forest School?
Personal, Social and Emotional Skills
The children will build self-esteem, independence, co-operation, team work and self-confidence. They will gain a respect for living things and learn about basic health and safety outdoors. Children will soon develop social skills through sharing their experiences with peers and adults.
Children at Forest School will learn about spatial awareness, balancing, negotiating obstacles. They will learn use of basic tools and have plenty of opportunities for games and healthy exercise outside.
Communication and Language
Children will have to listening to instructions, discuss findings, learn new vocabulary, share ideas, and participate in storytelling, songs and rhymes.
Children at Forest School get to mark make and write with sticks in the mud, snow and rain. They will have to read instructions for treasure hunts and shelter building. They may keep a journal of minibeast, tree and flower discoveries.
There will be lots of opportunities for developing Maths skills through counting natural objects, sorting shapes, colours and sizes. Measuring, problem solving and calculating. Recognising and making patterns in the nature around them.
Understanding the World
At Forest School children will explore all the natural flora and fauna in the woodland. They will investigate weather, predicting & experimenting. They will learn about how things grow. And use their senses to learn about materials, textures, changes etc.
Expressive Art and Design
Children will be involved in dancing, music making, picture making using natural materials, mud painting, role play and imaginative play.