Welcome to our Forest School!
Forest School is an inspirational process that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland environment. At Owston Park Primary Academy we are very fortunate to have a Forest School site within the school grounds.
The Forest School experience brings learning to life and improves an individual’s ability to work co-operatively whilst offering the opportunities to take risks, make choices and initiate learning.
Forest School sessions take place in all weathers and all seasons. Children and adults must be dressed appropriately as 'there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing!'. In order to stay safe in our Forest area individuals must wear:
· walking boots or wellies
· long clothing that covers legs and arms
· waterproof coat
· sun hat and sun cream on hot days
Take a look at our fabulous forest school area!
The pictures below will give you a flavour of some of the exciting experiences children have had in our Forest School. To find out more, look at our year group pages and on your child's class dojo page.
Throw your wellies on it's Thursday! 2021-2022
Every Thursday our Nursery and Reception children spend the full morning/afternoon session outdoors in our Forest School area. The children explore the area, investigate natural materials and closely observe the world around them, such as; plants, animals and insects. The children complete various activities collaboratively which support their resilience, team building skills and supports them to take small risks and tackle new challenges.
The sessions are planned around 'The World' statements of EYFS Framework. We link aspects of early Science, Maths, Literacy and Expressive Arts and Design into our Forest School sessions. Sessions are usually planned around a weekly theme or story.
Each Monday Year one use the forest school area for an outdoor learning session. The children are encouraged to work scientifically to find things out for themselves and to problem solve, ask questions and use Scientific vocabulary.