A Forest School is an innovative, practical, educational approach to outdoor play and learning where children learn about the unique environment around them, how to keep themselves safe, how to use tools and create things. They learn the importance of co-operation and communication in teamwork, of determination and perseverance and using their initiative in problem solving. They learn about boundaries, responsibilities and being independent.
The Forest School philosophy at The Bythams is to “encourage, enrich and inspire children through positive outdoor experiences.” By participating in engaging, motivating and achievable tasks and activities in a woodland environment, each child has the opportunity to develop intrinsic motivation, sound emotional and social skills.
Forest School brings learning to life and life to learning!
As part of our creative curriculum we have exciting opportunities for children to explore learning through the forest school. We have a member of staff that has a Forest School Level 3 qualification. All other staff have completed in-house training and now deliver regular, innovative forest school activities with their classes over the year.
We are able to access the Bythams Spinney for forest school sessions, particularly with older children. On the school grounds we are lucky enough to have our own private woodland area that we have named “The Mini Spinney” and so we have two woodland areas for Forest School sessions.
After a successful bid for funding we now have a raft of quality resources and tools for children to use during these forest school sessions. Over the last year the children have taken part in woodland wow days and these activities are now becoming embedded as a part of the curriculum each term. Please have a look at the class pages to see the many activities. The leaflet on this page gives a bit more information about forest schools.
Creating Planets 31 January
This week in Forest School, children in Badgers class created planets to hang in the Mini Spinney. They used materials they could find in the Mini Spinney to make an image of a given planet. At the end of the lesson, the solar system was put on show.