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Brief Forest School Definition|
A Forest School is a secure area of woodland, which acts as an outdoor classroom where children can explore, investigate and discover the natural environment. They provide a valuable teaching tool for curriculum subjects and are an effective way to support and enrich the learning process over a wide range of subjects.
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Key Features of Forest Schools:-
What are Forest Schools?. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
What children do at Forest Schools?. . . . . . . . .
Forest Schools at Peel Park is a regular on-going programme, for lower KS2, KS1 and Foundation pupils, in experiencing varied activities specifically planned to key elements of the national curriculum.
Taking their learning outside raises all children's confidence, self esteem, social and motivational skills as well as gaining knowledge of the natural environment around them and the world they live in.
This is done through daily 2 hourly sessions over a 6 - 8 week period with trained members of staff that monitors and assesses children’s progress and plan opportunities for them to develop holistically.
Children wear appropriate outdoor clothing and participate in Forest schools sessions every day……whatever the weather! Children may bring home items they have found and made during the sessions. This is encouraged and designed to be a ‘talking point’ at home for the child to link to the next session.
All sessions are fully risk assessed and staff have appropriate First Aid training and equipment with them at all times. Activities may involve the use of tools, such as saws and knives and the usage of a fire in order to develop co-operation and team work skills. Again, all these activities are risk assessed and children are given ‘tool talks’ on the safe handling and use of these items.
As Peel Park ensures all children take part in Forest schools, we have full classes out on a Monday too.