Forest School is a type of outdoor learning.
It is child led and built around play based learning.
Children at Whitehill Forest School are given the time, space and freedom to play and learn with each other and on their own.
At Whitehill we are lucky to have our very own Forest School site that the children can use and help with the sustainability of the site to make them feel that it belongs to them, which helps children feel safe and calm on site.
At Whitehill Forest School we offer different learning opportunities for our children through planning and delivering a wide range of activities.
These are planned with the child's individual needs in mind.
All classes get time in Forest School over the year and intervention groups are also ran.
Children take part in activities that may be perceived as risky , such as using tools, fire, building dens and climbing trees. We also make many different things and play lots of games. A lot of these activities are planned to let children asses their own risk and safety with adults nearby to assist if needed.
Forest School can help children gain confidence, self esteem, resilience, problem solving skills, motivation and communication and language skills.
As well as having a therapeutic nature letting children be one with nature and the outdoors encouraging them to gain skills to assist their
Whitehill Forest School aims to be;
- Child led
- Provide time for children to explore, play and relax in the outdoor environment.
- Provide a well planned activity each session that children can take part in if they want to, and that caters for their social and emotional needs.
- Cater for a child’s own interests that develop in the Forest sessions.
- Flexible, a session can change if a child wants to do something else.
Below is some additional information about Forest School
Forest School Learning Activities 2020-2021
This school year has started with a bang with every child in the school being able to come to Forest School this term.
During this Autumn term all children have been able to socialise with their peers in the Forest.
All children are taking part in activities that encourages teamwork and socialisation.
Whilst in Forest School all children have the opportunity to play, work, interact and communicate with each other.
We have been very busy down in the Forest building dens, making fires, creating pieces of art, making bird feeders and going on hunts.
And we have lots more planned to take us up to Christmas.
The rest of the Autumn term is looking very exciting in Forest.
Forest School Learning Activities 2019-2020
This school year sessions have been planned with team building and social interaction in mind. As well as continuing to build on previous years work on understanding our emotions.
During sessions children have been encouraged to play alongside others. Children have been give the opportunities to interact, communicate, share thoughts and feelings, support each other and play with each other.
Activities are planned to encourage;
- playing alongside or with others
- communicating with others
- being able to solve their own problems and conflict.
Hopefully these skills learnt and tested in the forest will be extended into the classroom and school environment by the child. Hopefully children will use the skills to aid their time and wellbeing inside the classroom.
Children are given the time to experiment and develop new skills in relation to social skills, peer interaction and conduct. This is done through playing, working and being with peers in the forest.
Some of the activities we have done so far this year have been;
- den making
- habitat making
- role play
- fire safety
- circle games
- team games
- using tools.
Nursery Forest School Sessions 2019-2020
.Our Nursery Forest School sessions provide a specialised learning approach that offers children regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a natural environment with trees Many of the activities within forest schools are child-led, and the activities will follow the direction in which children choose to take them. They may decide to work independently, working on developing their own problem solving skills and creativity, or they may join up with other children and work within teams. This is excellent for children’s social development, as they will learn how to collaborate within a team, and how to share their ideas and to listen to others
Forest School Learning Activities 2018-2019
Year 3 have enjoyed the fabulous outside learning area. They have been learning how to safely make a camp fire and to use a range of different tools!
Nursery Forest School Sessions 2016-17
Reception Forest School Sessions 2016-17