Together Everyone Achieves More
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 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 is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of education at Fleetdown Primary Academy and our core values.
As described by the Forest School Association, the six Forest School Principles are as follows:
1. Forest School is a long-term process of frequent and regular sessions in a woodland or natural environment, rather than a one-off visit. Planning, adaptation, observations and reviewing are integral elements of Forest School. This supports resilience.
2. Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural wooded environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world. This develops the value of respect.
3. Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
4. Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
5. Forest School is run by both qualified Forest School practitioners and the Fleetdown staff team, who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.
6. Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for development and learning.
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.