The Forest School is an area wide collaboration of nine local schools who had a shared ambition to develop outdoor learning space for the benefit of their students and the wider community.
So far we have managed to raise £120k of funding which has covered the cost of developing seven of these sites and training twenty Forest School Practitioners. This funding has come from a range of sources including Tesco Bags of Help, Big Local, Big Lottery and Places for People.
There are many benefits to Forest School education for children of all ages. The main objectives we are hoping to achieve are:
Improve children’s speech & language across all Forest Schools
Improve children’s social skills such as teamwork and cooperation
Evidence greater resilience in all the children taking part
Improve children’s physical health
Engage families in the Forest School Campus Programme
Each of the sites has been developed with it’s own unique qualities, taking in the natural environment. The sites are in use during the school day where the children get to experience the outdoors, learning about nature and the environment as well safe use of tools, and how to build shelters or camp fires. The sites also provide an excellent alternative setting for any lesson, for example creative writing, science or maths.
The benefit in working as a collaboration means that we can all access another Forest School sites, allowing students to experience different types of environment. This allows for greater support and co-operation across the campus.
The forest School sites are not just in use during curriculum time, each school is committed to putting on community events and so far families have enjoyed a family barbecue, an Easter trail, bird box making sessions and story time, to name just a few.