At Fleetdown we have an on-site Forest School which is currently used by Reception and Year 1 classes. Children experience Forest School with the trained Forest School leader, their class teacher and support staff.
Our Forest School is a self contained area next to the the Reception playground. Forest School is a really exciting experience which uses the outdoor environment to encourage independence, improve language and decision-making, and raise self-esteem through small achievable tasks.
What is Forest School?
Forest School is a classroom without walls. It supports many areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and the National Curriculum and planning for lessons is linked to whatever is being taught in the indoor classroom. The children's interests also contribute to the planning of activities.
What do we do at Forest School?
We do a variety of activities which are planned around the needs and interests of the children.
These may include:
- Re-enacting and exploring our favourite stories
- Map making
- Making pictures using the natural resources
- Hunting for mini beasts
- Den building
- Mud painting
- Using our senses to explore the environment
- Digging and growing plants
- Investigating patterns and sequences
- Exploring seasonal changes and the environment
We even get to spend time at the end of the session sharing our learning with a drink and a snack.
The children love it.