In response to feedback from parents through our School Improvement Questionnaire, we are delighted to announce that we are starting Forest Schools here on the Brockwell Infant site. We will be developing the top triangular area of our school field for this purpose.
Helen Frith who is experienced in running Forest Schools will be leading the programme for us.
All children to access Forest School on a rolling programme over the school year. The children will be able to discover a wide range of different and new activities including using tools and fire lighting. They will be learning to manage their own risk and those of their friends whilst having fun. Children will have the opportunity to learn new skills and expand their knowledge of the natural world whilst boosting their self-confidence and self-esteem as well help them to develop good soft and social skills in an outdoor environment.
The forest school will be based at the school using the field and outdoor area. The area in the corner is not an area that the children normally access so this will add to the feeling of a special place. A circle area with seating will be created to form a central focal point. This will be particularly good for the beginning and end of each session and will allow for use of a fire making a clear safe area for children.
Activities will include:-
- Den building
- Fire Lighting and campfire cooking
- Leaf bashing
- Clay/mud sculpture
- Wildlife and mini beast hunts
- Tree faces
- Woodland name tags
- Woodland whistles
- Rain chains
- Woodland crowns
Sessions will be tailored to fit in with the National Curriculum and can run alongside classroom topics, season and special celebrations. However children’s interests and choices will form a large part of the sessions. Each session will include a period of free play allowing the children to explore their own choice of activity and interests. Session will end with a period of reflection where the children will be encourage to talk about their forest school experience and to make plans for the following week.
We will send a letter home before your child is due to start their turn of the programme which will include further details. We hope you are as excited about the venture as we are.