What is Forest School?
Forest School is a unique experience of outdoor education that allows children to develop confidence, self-esteem, independence and an appreciation of the natural environment.
At Forest School children engage in small achievable tasks that give them the opportunity to succeed. Using a child-led approach children will explore and play, learn boundaries of social and physical behaviour, use tools safely and develop and undertstanding and appreciation of the natural world.
A Typical Forest School Session
Every session follows the same structure across all year groups, allowing the children to become familiar with the routine from the start and to build on their outdoor learning throughout their time at Woodbury.
Sessions are broken down into short stages which may incorporate: circle time around the fire, team games, activities and challenges linked to the weekly focus, opportunities to apply new learning and explore the natural environment, campfire cooking and reflection time.
Forest School at Woodbury
Forest School was set up at Woodbury in September 2017 and runs alongside the curriculum throughout the school year. Each class has a weekly forest school session in half term blocks.
Children are told when their class will be taking part in forest school before each half term begins and what day their sessions will be. The sessions are planned to complement the timetable and to allow each class to participate in forest school for at least two half terms across the school year.
Children are asked to bring wellies or suitable outdoor footwear for Forest School, waterproofs are provided by the school. As sessions take place in all weathers, we ask that children have suitable layers of clothing as well as outerwear (e.g. coats,hats,gloves) for the time of year.
Forest School sessions take place during the afternoon session and last for two hours. They are led by our qualified Forest School Lead and supported by the Class Teacher and/or Learning Support Assistant.