What is it?
“Forest School is an inspirational process that offers children and young people opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self esteem, through hands on learning experiences in a local woodland environment.” National definition: by Forest School (England) Network
At Whiteshill outdoor learning is an integral part of education and contributes to children developing a respect for the environment. Forest School not only encourages and inspires the children but also develops skills, interests and understanding through practical, hands on experience.
The Forest School leader Mr Pritchard, with the aid of volunteer parent helpers, takes Reception and Year 1 to Forest School once a week. Sessions are held in all weathers so that children can experience an awareness of the outdoors in all seasons. Whole school events are held up at forest school; from an end of term sing song and toasting marshmallows on the fire to singing carols round the Christmas tree.
Attending Forest School
Children should arrive at school in their Forest School clothes. School uniform and school shoes must be brought into school in a separate bag as the children will be expected to change into their uniform on their return from the woods.
Children will need:
Long sleeved top
Warm clothing – it gets quite cool in the woods
Old trainers or wellington boots
Sun hat or warm hat – depending on the weather
Drink and snack
Small back pack bag
Please be aware that clothes and footwear may get very muddy so do ensure your child is not wearing anything you do not want to get spoilt.