Forest school is an outdoor approach to learning, where children are given opportunities to develop their self-esteem, confidence and independence through exploring the outdoors. Children learn independence at forest school by managing their own risks; they are given the time and the space to make their own choices. Children build their self-esteem and confidence through child-led experiences. Due to small, manageable tasks, all children will feel like they have achieved something new at forest school.
Our Forest School Timetable
Children arrive at school in weather-appropriate clothing with a packed lunch in their rucksack.
Registration done as children arrive in classes.
Children toileted, clothing and packed lunches checked.
Leave school and walk to Hackney Downs Station. Catch the 10:10 Chingford train to Wood Street. Walk to St. Peter's in the Forest site (approx. 10-15 minutes).
Arrival and eat lunch at either the Plains or the Churchyard
Children eat lunch at allocated base camp in class circles. Class teacher manages opening circle time. Class teachers do boundary walk - children, teachers, and parents who remain in the plains to attend.
Equipment put in allocated areas (eg: mud kitchen, string). Volunteers patrol the boundary and oversee the activities. Staff manage toileting, first aid and oversee activities. Children explore the site independently and access activities.
Go into class circle. Teachers manage closing circle time and hot chocolate.
Both groups meet by church hall by 2.10pm. Leave and walk to Wood Street Station. Catch 2.32 Liverpool Street train to Hackney Downs. Walk to school.
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