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Saxon Primary School

Forest Schools

Forest School is a child-led approach to learning that incorporates children’s right to play, to access the outdoor environment and to feel success. 

Forest School is a unique way of building independence and self-esteem in young children, exposing them to the natural world at a time where it is vital for children to understand their impact on the environment.  It is a child-centred and child-led programme that provides the opportunity for the children to use their personal learning style to complete various activities.

We learn to build shelters, working collaboratively as a group (Y1)

Forest School is an opportunity for the children at Saxon to have new, creative experiences in the outdoor environment in a safe way.  Children will have opportunities to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others.

Through purposeful and careful planning of Forest School experiences, we strive to increase self-esteem, improve children’s concentration, attendance, behaviour and academic achievement. 

Climbing trees builds resilience, confidence and problems solving skills.
We learn to use tools safely and with confidence

 

Forest School supports a variety of flora and fauna; the children are learning to value and appreciate its beauty
Year 1 painted animals that are native to the forest, in the UK

We aim to foster a love and respect for the natural world through stimulating natural learning experiences, inspiring children to value biodiversity and develop a strong understanding of how to promote environmental sustainability. The children will experience a minimum of six consecutive sessions in the Forest School in order to immerse themselves in nature and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the flora, fauna and living things that surrounds them in their local environment. The Forest School space will be utilised all year round, with lessons adapted to compliment the ever-changing conditions, resources and challenges of the natural world through the seasons.

 

Year 1 creating their own hedgehogs from the Forest.

At Saxon, we put the children's needs at the heart of all our provision and Forest School only continues to enhance this ethos. Our Forest School promotes cultural diversity, ensuring everyone feels valued and that individuality is celebrated. We are highly confident that Forest School provision will not only compliment and extend the curriculum, but also nurture children to become successful lifelong learners and happy, fulfilled adults who can make positive choices about their futures.

Forest School learning experiences create endless opportunities for cross-curricular links to Science, Mathematics, English, Geography and Art.

Forest School experiences encourage children to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence through respectful interactions with others and the natural environment. Working as a team to solve problems, children will develop and foster communication and negotiation skills.  These skills prepare the children for the world both inside and outside of school.

We make scientific and mathematical links, whilst assessing our environment.
The mud kitchen allows the children to role-play and build upon their fine and gross motor skills, whilst getting closer to nature.

Year 5 using forest materials to create art
Year 1 made forest school necklaces to show their learning.

 

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