We are delighted to have a qualified Forest School lead in our Early Years team. It is an integral part of our curriculum. Currently, we take both Reception classes for an afternoon per week, to the Forest School site in London Fields Park. We begin the Forest School program following the October half term.
We go to Forest School whatever the weather! Children keep a full set of waterproofs in school to use throughout the week. We also have a school supply.
Parent/carer volunteers support our weekly trips by accompanying the children to the site, supervising the boundaries of the Forest and supporting various activities.
Our aim is to develop children’s connection and respect for nature by facilitating the freedom to explore, play and learn in a safe, outdoor setting. Children build their resilience and independence, whilst expanding their understanding of the world around them. There is always an opening activity at 'Base Camp', such as a seasonal story, then the planned activities on offer for the afternoon will be introduced. Children will then self-select an activity or activities. The sessions always end with a hot chocolate and a biscuit before returning to school!