The ethos of Forest Schools is to allow children the time and space to develop skills, interest and understanding through a range of activities which provide practical, hands-on experiences in a natural environment. Here at Sunnybank small groups of children across Key Stage one and Key stage Two access a six week program of Forest school activities, with our qualified Forest School Leader, Mrs Lougheed.
The Forest School sessions encourage children to grow in confidence and boosts self esteem, giving children the opportunity to flourish in a small group which has a positive impact on mental health and emotional well-being.
Please see the link to Nature detectives which is full of ideas and activities which will encourage your children to develop a love for the outdoors.
Forest school Involves
• Child initiated learning;
• Being outdoors
• Integration with the National Curriculum
• Delivery by a trained leader (Level 3)
Forest School helps to develop:
• Confidence and self-esteem;
• Communication and social skills
• Physical skills
• Greater understanding and awareness of the natural environment
• Natural motivation and a positive attitude to learning
• The ability to recognise and manage risk
• Healthier lifestyles.
Forest School Aims:
• To provide an opportunity for individuals to develop, to learn and to enjoy themselves.
• To provide a safe and non-threatening environment in which children can take risks, make choices and initiate their own learning.
• To help children understand, appreciate and care for the natural environment.
• To provide ways of developing practical life skills in an outdoor environment.
• To develop self-esteem, confidence and a positive disposition to learning through the completion of small, achievable tasks.
• To meet the needs of children with all learning styles
• To develop social and team working skills
• To enable children to be independent, self-motivated and considerate.
• To be true to the forest school ethos and approach
• To develop a secure, happy and welcoming environment.
• To provide stimulation and varied learning activities appropriate to the child’s needs and stages of development.
• To help each child build self-esteem, confidence, independence and self-control and interpersonal skills.
We hope you find our Forest school page useful and enjoy seeing the wonderful outcomes of our weekly sessions.
Keep an eye out for regular activities and ideas to try with your family and friends.
Pictures from KS1 group which took place on Thursday afternoon. We continued with the celebration theme and members of the group worked together to create the word TILT using sticks and one pupil even chose to write it in the mud using a stick as a pencil.
They also created self portraits of themselves using natural resources collected from the ground to celebrate being amazing!
To continue the word of the week theme of celebration, the children were set a challenge to create the word TILT using collected sticks.
They did a fab job and worked as a team!
Their second challenge was to collect natural materials to create a self portrait to celebrate them being amazing.
We ended our celebration with a cup of hot chocolate outside to warm us up.
Great afternoon all round!
A small group of girls created these on the playground during lunchtime.
They worked together to collect up some sticks from the playground and they worked together to create the stick art work on the grass.
Great to see the children engaging in nature art on the playground!
Both KS1 and KS2 groups went on a nature hunt to explore and find natural materials that they loved. They attached them to their cardboard Heart peg boards and shared their findings with the group.
We also created nature weaving frames using recycled cardboard and string. We then went outside and collected natural items from the ground to weave into our frames. Some of the younger children also completed an.... it’s not a stick challenge. They found sticks and used their imaginations to think what else it could be. We had amazing magic wands, walking sticks and even used them as a writing tool and formed letters in the mud.
Fabulous engagement with the activities on offer this week at forest school!
Key stage one group went on a mini beast hunt and used magnifiers and bug pots.
Key statue two group made musical instruments using a stick and some natural string. They threaded beads onto the string to create a nature musical instrument.
This week the children made their own Nature Paintbrushes, using materials they collected outside. They also painted some lovely works of art using their handcrafted nature paintbrush. Amazing work!
We have been busy Den building and thinking about how to create shelters to keep warm and dry. The boys particularly enjoyed carrying large branches together and working together to come up with ideas on how to create a suitable structure against a tree.
Some of the younger children created Elf houses against base of the large tree trunks. They used sticks to create a frame and added a roof, and even added leaves as home comforts for the elves.
As always...much fun was had in the outdoors.
We loved exploring and finding as many beautiful Autumn colours as we could. This week we used colour matching charts and magnifiers to look closer at what we found.