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 School 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
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.
'Nursery Woodland Wednesdays!'
Every Wednesday our Nursery children spend the full nursery 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 activties that support their resilience, team building skills and support them to take small risks and challenges.
Reception "Muddy Mondays!"
Every Monday Red and Blue class spend a full morning or afternoon session in our Forest School area. The sessions are planned around 'The World' statements of EYFS Framework. Within each session children are given new opportunities and experiences to develop resilience and team work skills. 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.