What is Forest School?
Forest School is an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning.
The philosophy of Forest School is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences. Forest Schools have demonstrated success with children of all ages who visit the same local woodlands on a regular basis. Through play, children have the opportunity to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others.
The ‘Forest School’ will take place in our school grounds. This fantastic opportunity will help the children to explore the outside world through a programme of fun and exciting outdoor activities, a sample of the activities on offer will include den building making items from natural materials, games, treasure hunts to name but a few.
Research has shown that Forest Schools can have a powerful effect on children’s confidence, self-esteem and independence as well as an increase in social and physical skills.
What We Do
At St Wilfrid’s Primary School, we run our own Forest School that is situated within the school grounds. All classes at St Wilfrid's are encouraged to use this fantastic area with the children, we also run a Forest School session after school for the children. We have an outdoor classroom made from a shipping container from the Port of Blyth and a log circle complete with a fire pit where the majority of the teaching and learning takes place. The wide range of activities we offer are designed to develop the following:
Good social communication skills
A positive mental attitude, self-esteem and confidence
Forest School will go ahead in all weather (with the exception of heavy winds and thunder storms) so please ensure that your child(ren) is/are dressed accordingly.
Your child should have the following when they have a Forest School session:
Warm clothing (lots of layers, including extra pairs or thick socks) - they will get muddy – we encourage it!!
Hat, scarf, gloves (we go out in all weather)
A water/shower proof coat
Wellies are ideal if not outdoor shoes or old trainers
All our activities are fully risk assessed.
Fire work/activities are implemented by trained staff members.
Tool work/activities are implemented by a qualified Level 3 Forest School Leader.
We follow advice from the DfE and all photograph subjects have signed permission.
No, schools and local authorities are free to decide on their own policies relating to the use of such images or the release of associated information for their own publicity purposes. We do, however, advise that photographs and video images of pupils and staff are classed as personal data under the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998. Therefore using such images for school publicity purposes will require the consent of either the individual concerned or in the case of pupils, their legal guardians.