Forest School

Education and exploration of nature in Chetwynd Park Estate

What is Forest School?

Forest Schools in Britain take their inspiration from an educational concept originated in Denmark in the 1980’s. It stems from practice in Early Years Education in which children learn from and about the natural world in the outdoor environment.

Where are we going?

We have kindly been given permission to use an existing Forest School site on the Chetwynd Park Estate close by our school.

When are we going?

Each class will be informed of their day.

What will we do whilst we are there?

There are many planned and unplanned activities that may take place during our Forest School sessions. Children are encouraged to follow their own interests and make their own choices but skills such as classification, sculpture, team building activities and using tools will be taught. Forest school sessions will be used to complement and enhance much of our classroom learning.

What will we need?

We will be getting muddy! Even if your child’s Forest School sessions are taking place during the summer term your child will still need to wear; a waterproof, a long sleeved top, long trousers (waterproof trousers where necessary) and wellies or outdoor shoes. Please keep an eye on the weather and ensure your child is appropriately dressed for a morning outdoors. Children arriving without the necessary clothing may not be able to take part in the Forest School session.

Who is taking us?

Mrs Lambord has received Forest School training and has an outdoor first aid qualification. The site and any activities have been thoroughly risk assessed and there will be other accompanying adults with a ratio of at least 1 adult to every 8 children.