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Dame Ellen Pinsent School

Dame Ellen Pinsent School

Forest School

 

What will my child do in a Forest School Session?

Activities are provided during a forest school session but the emphasis is on the children choosing what they want do. Activities might include den building, collecting natural objects and bird watching. Crafts such as dream catchers or journey sticks, playing in mud and clay, games, as well as stories and sharing in our reflection.

Your child’s health benefits from being outside as well as their physical stamina. By experiencing these opportunities in Forest School your child’s development of imagination, problem solving and resilience will grow. Your child will be encouraged to try things out and learn from experience. This often involves learning to work as a team to get something done, feeling comfortable with asking for or offering help and learning how to cope when things don’t go according to plan. Emotional skills that will take with them into their future.

 

How will my child benefit from attending Forest School?

It will help your child develop skills such as...

 Communication

 Perseverance

 Resilience

 Responsibility

 Independence

 Inquisitiveness

 Social skills

 Risk assessment skills

 Increase in self belief

 Confidence

 Enthusiasm

 Problem solving skills

 Emotional well being

 

How do we keep the children safe?

 

A qualified Forest School Practitioner leads and plans the sessions.

Full risk assessments are completed at the beginning of every new school year. In addition to this there is a dynamic risk assessment carried out on the site before every session and risk assessments carried out on activities that are carried out in each session. The children will be given detailed training for all of the activities.

There is also a higher number of adults to children in each group.

 Part of forest school is to teach the children about risks and how to evaluate them. The children will be taught about how to source materials, and use tools. These activities will be introduced as and when the Forest School Practitioner observes that the children are ready for them and will be taught under supervision by the Forest School Practitioner. By allowing children to take these measured risks, we help to prepare our children for making choices when they are older and teach them to be actively responsible for themselves, their choices and actions.

    

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