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
Starting in autumn 2015 Kemsley will be running a Forest School programme. The initial sessions will run with KS1 pupils, one morning a week for a block of 6 weeks. During the programme children will experience a range of activities, which will include:
- Flora and fauna identification
- Woodland conservation
- Shelter building
- Woodland crafts
- Fire lighting and cooking
Over the next three years the use of the woodland area at Kemsley will increase exponentially. Forest School sessions will run throughout the year with the hope that eventually all children within the school will experience and benefit from Forest School.
The woodland will be divided into areas that reflect the school’s learning values, with particular emphasis on exploration and resilience. Activities will be strongly linked with these values with the key priorities being to increase children’s understanding and appreciation of the natural environment and to promote confidence and self-esteem.
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.
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.