OUTDOOR LEARNING AT ITS VERY BEST
Through Forest School, the children can observe the changing seasons while developing confidence and independence. In addition, they can practice their problem-solving and teamwork skills whilst being involved in hands-on activities. These activities will often be cross-curricular or include a focus on a particular area of the children’s learning, for example:- maths, literacy, or creativity.
The activities often involve story-telling and ‘treasure’ hunts in the woodland environment and engage the children by using natural resources to construct and make items such as pinecone creatures, mud people, leaf rubbings, a wormery, or ladybirds from little log offcuts! The older children learn how to make fire, but they all learn the safety rules for playing safely and how to move around the fire circle.
As well as structured activities the children also have time to choose to play in the mud kitchen, the puppet theatre, dig for worms or look for minibeasts, or to play with wheelbarrows, garden tools, and build dens. In a word – they have FUN!