Forest Schools

This is the best kind of classroom,

It’s a journey through time and space,

From the smallest seed to the largest tree,

This is a forest and learning place.

 

This is the best kind of classroom,

Where the seasons don’t happen in books,

Where learning is watching and thinking and talking,

And everyone notices, everyone looks”.  Ian Macmillan

At Clee Hill Community Academy we fully embrace the philosophy of Forest Schools in encouraging and inspiring learners to achieve and develop confidence through hands on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment.

“It helps me to be creative and is lots of fun” Billy

Forest Schools plays an integral part of the school curriculum and is enjoyed by all pupils from Reception to Year 6. The activities are ran by experienced Forest School Leaders in the school’s own woodland where pupils are given opportunities to develop personal, social, problem solving and emotional skills, whilst continuously learning about the world around them.

“I love cooking pizza on the outside oven and eating smoors by the fire” Grace

During each session the children can partake in an adult led activity which is an achievable task for every child, take risks by using the tools (i.e. using tools like loppers, a bill hook, secateurs etc. safely, having camp fires, climbing trees etc., enjoy social time with their peers and have child initiated time to explore the forest site further.

Adult led activities include plant identification, shelter building, making things out of natural resources in the forest, cooking on the camp fire, painting using mud and paint, planting seeds, etc.

Child initiated activities include role play, climbing trees, telling stories, playing in the mud pit and on the mud slide and generally having fun.

The children’s time in the forest is invaluable to their learning and is a time where reflective practice develops understanding of the world, the environment and everything within it through the use of emotions, imagination and senses.

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