Forest School at Waterhouses CE Primary Academy and Nursery
This autumn we have been lucky enough to start our own forest school run by a qualified Level 3 Forest School Practitioner from Tanglewood, using the copse at the bottom of our school field. We have set up a log circle that we use as our base camp and we go out in all weathers (except severe winds). If it is wet, we put up a canopy and wear our wet weather clothing and boots.
What is forest schools?
Forest School is a holistic learning 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.
What do the children do?
Every week is different at forest school, but we do develop a special forest school routine. Once at our woodland site the children sit down and sing the forest school song followed by a calm discussion often about what happened last time they were in the woods and then about the session ahead. Children learn new skills and develop existing ones. Examples of activities the children will experience include fire building and lighting, campfire cooking, shelter building, nature crafts, using woodland hand tools (e.g. bow saws), wildlife and sensory activities, team building and trust games—and of course drinking hot chocolate!
By attending Forest School we hope the children will develop a lifelong love and understanding of the natural world whilst building their social skills, self-esteem and confidence.
Waterhouses CE Primary Academy and Nursery would like to say a massive thank you to the PTFA
We are excited to announce that on Tuesday 8th October 2019 Penguins were part of a fantastic project made possible by a kind donation of £500 from the PTFA. This has enabled us to create an outdoor learning environment to help develop our Forest School ethos.
This will help and support the fantastic work being carried out by Katie, a qualified Level 3 Forest School Practitioner from Tanglewood over the coming months and years.
Here are a few photos. We hope some of you will get to experience the fabulous facilities with your children over the course of the year.
Once again a big thank you to our wonderful PTFA. Without their donation and your support this would not have been possible.
PS. Keep an eye out for Stage 2, coming in March 2020.