Forest School

Forest schools have been a central part of early years education in Denmark since the 1980's.  It allows children to learn through play in a natural outdoor forest environment.  Children are encouraged and inspired to grow in confidence, independence and self-esteem, and also to develop an appreciation of the natural world which will encourage respect and responsibility for nature in later life.

We are extremely lucky to have two members of the early years team currently trained as forest school leaders.  Working together with the Avery Hill Day Nursery we have developed pary of the infant play ground into a forest environment where we can offer a half day forest school session each week for nursery and reception class children.

What will my child do in a Forest School session?

  • Change into their weather appropriate Forest School clothing
  • Walk to Forest School base camp and review the rules.
  • Reflect on what we did last week, any changes and safety information
  • First activity - small and possibly linked to the class topic e.g. "find me a treasure"
  • Back to base camp to "show and tell"
  • Drink and snack
  • Treasure check activities
  • Summary time
  • Tidy up time

What do I need to do to ensure my child takes part in this learning opportunity?

  • Fill out the medical and consent forms
  • Provide your child with the clothing required below which must be brought into school on the morning of your child's session:
    • Long trousers
    • Socks
    • Long sleeved t-shirt
    • Sweatshirt/Fleece
    • Stout closed toe shoes/wellies/boots
    • Jacket
  • Take a deep breath when they come home muddy!  We provide protective, waterproof clothing but there is a chance that the children will get dirty, it is all part of the learning process and shows that they have had fun!
  • Ask them questions about what they did at Forest School when they get home, let them know that you are interested.
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