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Forest School

What is Forest School ?

The Forest Schools concept originated in Scandinavia. The approach was widely adopted in Denmark in the 1980’s as a solution to the lack of indoor facilities for pre-school children.

In 1993 a group of British nursery nurses and lecturers visited settings in Sweden and witnessed the benefits of Forest School. On their return to the UK they developed a Forest School programme and based on the impacts developed training and accreditation for UK practitioners.

The philosophy of Forest School at Leigh Beck Academy is based upon the desire to provide our young children with an education that encourages appreciation of the natural world and for nature conservation in later life.  Using the outdoor environment, children are encouraged and inspired to grow in confidence, independence and self-esteem through the mastery of small achievable tasks.

Forest School sessions are led by a qualified Level 3 Forest School Leader – Mrs Holmes and the children are also supported by qualified Level 2 LSAs.  Forest School activities and routines are risk assessed and carefully monitored to ensure the safety of everyone who attends Forest School sessions.

What will my child do at Forest school?

Children will:

  • Switch on their senses.
  • Use natural materials and tools to make crafts.
  • Develop and enhance communication, social, emotional and physical skills during play.
  • Den building.
  • Mini beast hunts.
  • AND HAVE LOTS OF FUN in all seasons and all weather!

At Forest School there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. So we ask that children be fully prepared for the weather conditions. During these sessions it is not necessary for your child to wear school uniform – old warm clothing is best.  (This clothing should be old as we will be going out in all weathers and will get muddy!)

During Spring/Summer

Sun hat

Light long sleeved top

Long trousers

Wellington boots or closed in shoes.

During Autumn/Winter

Warm waterproof coat

Hat, scarf and gloves

T-shirt, jumper, jogging bottoms or leggings (not jeans)

Wellington boots or walking boots

Sessions are child led, but may have a theme, which may be linked to the National Curriculum or Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Children will be encouraged to discover, explore, observe and question what they find in the Forest School Area. 

We also run Family Forest School Sessions which allows parents, grandparents and siblings to join with the children and experience a range of Forest School activities.  Watch this space for details of our next Family Forest School sessions.