It was lovely to see the familiar, smiling faces of Year One return to Forest School for their second block of sessions. There have been a few developments on the site since they were last with me back in September and the children loved exploring to find out what they were. We also had a discussion about different mini beast habitats and learnt how to handle saws safely so that the children could help to prepare the wood for the bug hotel.
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.