Bolshaw Forest School provides our children with the opportunity to immerse and express themselves in the natural environment and learn key skills for life including independence, resilience, curiosity, creativity, problem solving and risk taking.
Our children learn about and gain respect for the British countryside and its wildlife, understand how to look after it and become responsible members of society.
Forest School for every child - every week starting September 2022
It's an exciting time for us at Bolshaw this academic year as we finally launch our Forest School curriculum offer to every single child. We having been delivering Forest School for over 12 years and in September every child at Bolshaw will be taking part in Forest School every week. The sessions are led by our two newly appointed Forest School leaders Mrs Sykes (Level 3 Forest School Practitioner) and Mrs Rowden ( currently training for Level 3 Forest School Practitioner) Forest school sessions take place in the morning or afternoon out in our own Creature Camp; consisting of woodland and designated Forest School areas. The children take part in crafts, games, shelter building, using tools, fire lighting, bug hunting and much more.
The emphasis is on child led exploration, enquiry based learning and team work. Nature connection and well being are so important and these sessions offer, all our children, the time and space to explore, feel free, rest and reflect in the natural world of Creature Camp. The children learn how to keep themselves, the group and the site safe and of course to have fun in all weathers!
Benefits of Forest School
We believe our Forest School ethos focuses on an approach to learning that maximises the emotional, social and developmental benefits of education. Research now backs up what forest school practitioners have known all along – that children and young people are stimulated by the outdoors and typically experience, over time, an increase in their self belief, confidence, learning capacity, enthusiasm, communication and problem-solving skills and emotional well-being.
HEALTHIER BODIES - Be healthy
- increased frequency of physical exercise
- a challenging environment that helps to develop motor skills
- fresh open air allows dispersal of viruses
- learning to prepare and cook healthy food
- devbelops healthy minds leading to being mentally and emotionally healthy
- creating healthy lifestyles
• space and resources are naturally available, allowing individuals or groups to investigate and problem solve
• an opportunity to be sociable and also to have time alone
• time to just be, where individuals can relax and explore interests
• personal motivation
• a willingness to try new tasks
• the ability to persist at tasks increases
- Achieve stretching national educational standards at primary school
- Achieve personal and social development and enjoy recreation
- Develop self confidence and successfully deal with significant life changes and challenges
- Developing enterprising behaviour
- an understanding & appreciation of the natural environment through experience
- knowledge of how systems interlink, and how we affect our surroundings
- spending time in the environment and using it to play and learn effects us at a deep level
- this connection with nature opens us up to care more for the environment as adults
• many of the skills that develop as a result of spending time at a Forest School are essential life skills that in time will benefit the economy
• children develop determination to complete tasks and manage risks
• they learn to work together as a team communicating effectively
• the environment stimulates the use of descriptive language, mathematical problem solving, calculating and taking acceptable risks, working towards personal reward
• Forest Schools can offer the opportunity to involve parents & the wider community in their development & running
• families are more likely to access woodland spaces & spend time playing in and enjoying the outdoors if they have been involved with the development
• often the whole school shifts its approach to outdoor learning as staff have the opportunity to observe children in a different setting
• this has a knock-on effect as techniques can be applied across other learning
Find out more about the Forest School approach to learning:
Forest Schools Association