Our School Woodland

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What is 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 or natural environment with trees’. – Forest School Association

Forest School at Kemsley

We are delighted that we are able to run our own Forest School programme. The sessions are run by Miss Millen and Mrs Steadman.

 What is Forest School?

Forest School is one of Kemsley’s 11b411 promises and, as a result, all children in year 4 will have the opportunity to experience the programme. Children will be split into small groups and take part in two terms of sessions over the course of the year. During the programme children will be involved in a range of activities, for example:

-Flora and fauna identification

-Woodland conservation

-Shelter building

-Woodland art and crafts

-Fire lighting and cooking

Our vision

Kemsley aims to exponentially increase the use of the woodland area. Forest School sessions will run throughout the year which will allow children to experience the woodland environment during different seasons. Sessions will reflect the school’s learning values, with particular emphasis on exploration and resilience. The key priorities for the programme will be to increase children’s understanding and appreciation of the natural environment alongside developing their confidence and self-esteem.

Useful websites

http://www.forestschoolassociation.org/

http://www.forestry.gov.uk/fr/INFD-5Z3JVZ

http://www.forestschoolwales.org.uk/

http://owlscotland.org/local-options/forest-schools/

http://www.muddyfaces.co.uk/forest_schools.php

 

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The Annual Mini Mudder

We also use our Woodland Area as part of the course for our annual Mini Mudder Event. Here are some pictures from the event, staff and children take part during the day and parents/carers are welcome to try the course after school.

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Lunchtimes at Kemsley, all children from Reception to year 6, share the grounds and the play spaces at lunchtimes. This allows siblings to play together and friendships which are across year groups. The children love to put their wellies on at lunchtime and venture down to the woodland.