Year Five and Six have had an enjoyable first week at Forest School exploring the area. Incredibly, despite the sunshine, they seem to have still managed to get muddy. We have enjoyed lots of tree climbing, den building, mud kitchen creations and a bit of zip wire creation this week. They also took part in the 'egg challenge' where they had to work as a team using natural materials from the site to protect their egg during a rather manic game of 'catch'.
Forest School principles were first brought to the UK in the 1990’s from the highly successful Scandinavian practise. The forest schools operate on the principle that children of all ages can benefit greatly from the hands on learning opportunities inherently presented in an outdoor environment. We aim to provide a structured implementation of play based activities and an opportunity for children to explore their natural environment. Building a sense of independence, high self-esteem, risk taking, developing confidence and communication skills are the main objectives throughout each session. Each Forest School session will have a maximum of 15 children and a minimum of two adults including our Forest School trained teacher, Mrs Djiallis.
This is an exciting new addition to our curriculum at Ashfield Park which we are very pleased to be able to offer as part of our commitment to providing a broad and balanced education for your child.