Mrs Broome is our Level 3 Forest School Leader and leads weekly forest school sessions including planning, evaluating and risk assessing. During the academic year children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will all have the opportunity to take part in forest school sessions. Forest School takes place in all weathers (unless there are incredibly high winds) and the children are dressed in appropriate clothing and footwear to ensure that they can fully participate in all activities.
“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 outdoor and woodland education.” (Forest School Association)
At TSM we believe that Forest School forms a very important part of a child’s holistic development. We aim to give the children, practitioners and volunteers a shared understanding of the ethos of Forest School, enabling all children to engage in valuable learning experiences in the natural environment. We give pupils the chance to explore and experience the natural world through practical activities using the outdoors to promote confidence, independence, risk-taking and self-esteem. We aim to promote positive relationships through cooperation with others, we want our children to be independent, self-motivated, courageous, considerate and respectful and set them up for lifelong learning. Children are taught to use tools safely and have the opportunity to participate in a range of activities including playing in the mud kitchen, den building and campfire cooking.
We aim to foster a love and respect for the natural world through stimulating natural learning experiences, inspiring children to value biodiversity and develop a strong understanding of how to promote environmental sustainability. The children will experience a minimum of six consecutive sessions in the Forest School in order to immerse themselves in nature and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the flora, fauna and living things that surrounds them in their local environment. The Forest School space will be utilised all year round, with lessons adapted to compliment the ever-changing conditions, resources and challenges of the natural world through the seasons.
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