At Alexander McLeod Primary School we believe in providing the children with a broad and varied curriculum with opportunities to nurture their interests and provide the children with learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. We appreciate the importance of outdoor learning and the many benefits that come with it and have therefore introduced Forest school into our curriculum.
What is Forest School?
Forest school takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world. It is a process that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment.
A qualified practitioner carefully facilitates programmes that are tailored to the needs of the individuals within the group with the aim of building self-esteem, confidence and independence.
What will children learn during Forest school sessions?
During their afternoon session in Forest School, children will often learn woodland crafts and take part in activities such as singing or cooking around an open fire! They make and play with tools, climb trees, make dens and look at insects. Children have the opportunity to explore the environment and invent their own games.
The roe of the practitioner is to observe the children and set a structure for the session however they will often encourage the children to lead their own learning based on their interests.
Our Forest School practioner
Mrs Collins is our trained Forest School Lead. In order to become a Forest School Practioner she was required to undertake her Level 3 training which consisted of two assessments: Practical skills assessment and Delivery assessments. Mrs Collins was required to undertake a 6-week Forest school programme that was observed by an external moderator to ensure that all the requirements were adequately met.