Forest School is a child-led approach to learning that incorporates children’s right to play, to access the outdoor environment and to feel success.
Forest School is a unique way of building independence and self-esteem in young children, exposing them to the natural world at a time when it is vital for children to understand their impact on the environment. It is a child-centered and child-led programme that provides the opportunity for the children to use their personal learning style to complete various activities.
Forest School is an opportunity for the children at St Mary’s to have new, creative experiences in the outdoor environment in a safe way. Children will have opportunities 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.
Through purposeful and careful planning of Forest School experiences, we strive to increase self-esteem, improve children’s concentration and independence.
We aim to foster a love and respect for the natural world through stimulating natural learning experiences, inspiring children to value biodiversity and develop a strong understanding of how to promote environmental sustainability.
The Forest School space will be utilised all year round, with lessons adapted to compliment the ever-changing conditions, resources and challenges of the natural world through the seasons.
At St Mary’s, we put the children’s needs at the heart of all our provision and Forest School only continues to enhance this ethos. Our Forest School promotes cultural diversity, ensuring everyone feels valued and that individuality is celebrated. We are highly confident that Forest School provision will not only compliment and extend the curriculum, but also nurture children to become successful lifelong learners and happy, fulfilled adults who can make positive choices about their futures.
Class 2 2021-2022 Outdoor Learning photos