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Forest Schools

Intent

At Horbury St Peter’s and Clifton Primary School, we intend to instil the “St Peter’s and Clifton School Spirit”  in all our children. Our forest school in particular encourages our children to value the importance of:

"Inquisitiveness"

 

as they explore the world around them in a naturally curious way.

 

Our intent is:

  • To develop positive relationships with themselves and others around them.
  • To work harmoniously within a group or independently respecting the views and ideas of others.
  • To foster an appreciation of their natural surroundings and develop awareness of environmental issues.
  • To learn to respect and care for living organisms in their local environment.
  • To be supported and to take risks in a safe and secure environment.
  • To develop skills and independence in a variety of outdoor activities.
  • To explore a broad and balanced curriculum using a range of interesting resources suitable to their individual needs.
  • To have opportunity to explore, grow and nurture plants.

 

 

Implementation

At St Peter’s and Clifton, the Forest School Leader will work alongside the class teachers to prepare and plan activities for children in Foundation Stage.  Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of Forest School’s involves the following:

 

  • Teachers will adopt a multi-sensory child-centred approach to learning whereby planning will integrate strategies that will meet all learning styles.
  • Foundation stage staff will ensure children are able to participate in Forest School activities as part of a focused adult-led activity or a child-led activity during continuous provision.
  • Children will be encouraged to become independent thinkers, creative, imaginative and curious by asking questions about their environment.
  • Children will learn to problem solve, share ideas and to respect others thoughts by undertaking a range of fun group work activities team building activities.
  • Pupils are encouraged to share their learning through group cooperation and they are given regular feedback, which informs their future learning and ensures that every child has the opportunity to reach their potential.
  • Teachers will provide children with a rich and challenging environment, children will be encouraged to freely explore and to think creatively which helps them build their self-esteem and self-confidence

 

Impact

The hand-on approach at Horbury St Peter’s and Clifton Primary School results in a fun, engaging and holistic learning approach whereby children gain understanding of the world around them.  High quality teaching in the outdoor environment ensures children learn through varied and first hand experiences. 

Gardening

The children in Early Years have planted various plants.  We have enjoyed observing the growth of our broad bean plants and we are excited to try them. 

Exploring Minibeasts

Today the early years children were searching for minibeasts in their local environment.  "We found a snail"  they replied.  We discussed why snails are important in our ecosystem and we learned that birds and other animals rely on them. We then watched the snail leave a slippery trail. "Look at that trail"  a child asked.  We researched why snails produce slime and we found out that it helps them to move around.   

Story time in the Hobbit House

Our Nursery children had a story time session in the Hobbit house and read the story 'Little Red Riding Hood'.  Prior to this, they had designed 'Wanted' posters to help capture the big, bad wolf. They used their posters to help find the wolf that was hiding inside. 

 

Spring 2021

Spring is finally approaching and our EYFS children have explored seasonal changes. We have observed blossom growing on the trees, flowers blooming, birds singing and how it is beginning to be lighter outside for longer.

We have enjoyed looking closely at trees in our environment and will be checking ‘our tree’ daily in Nursery.  We will be monitoring the changes we will witness as the season changes.  We have also discussed fruit that grow from plants and trees.

Our Environment

Imaginitive play in our Mud Garden

Welly Walk

 

We also went on a welly walk and found two puddles in our outdoor area.  We enjoyed splishing and splashing as we counted the jumps in the puddles.

 

Winter 2020/21

We have had many wintery days and what fantastic outdoor learning opportunities we have had.  We have explored signs of winter, discussed woodland and nocturnal animals, investigated ice and we have been lucky to explore the properties of snow.  We noticed trees in our Foundation Stage have shed their leaves and the weather has been fairly windy, wet and gloomy.  

Nursery children have enjoyed describing the texture of snow.  The children commented “It’s crunchy when we walk on it”.  We also noticed that the snow was freezing and wet as we investigated it with our hands. 

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