Forest Schools

Forest Schools

At Shoscombe, we are fortunate to have a great outdoor space, including a Forest School space.

All children participate in forest school sessions and we learn about our environment, how to work together, take acceptable risks, solve problems and have fun.  Mrs Rorison, Mrs Wheeler and Mrs Pudsey are our trained Forest School Leaders..

Sessions focus on the all round development of your child, facilitated by the teacher as mentor and experienced companion.  Children are allowed to choose the direction they take, discover, discuss and develop without the constraints of a table and chair.  As they learn to respect this freedom and responsibility they will learn about themselves, learn about others, learn to be resilient and learn how to be effective learners!

The main principles of Forest School are:

  • To promote self-esteem – freedom without interference
  • Promote confidence – belief in yourself and your abilities
  • Promote independent – a feeling of pride in yourself
When does Forest School take place?

Each class will take part in weekly Forest School sessions as part of our Flexi Friday timetable.

Activities are varied and linked both to the curriculum and the season in which they take place.  Nature is at the heart of all that we do and children will, over time, learn about the world around them.

What will my child need to wear?

Children will need clothes that are suitable for the weather at any particular time of year.  As the weather begins to turn cold, this can include many layers as you see fit.  Please provide the following for your child:

  • Pair of wellington boots
  • Long sleeved top
  • Pair of jogging bottoms or leggings
  • Waterproof top and trousers
What happens if it is raining?

There is a Swedish saying: There is no bad weather, just wrong clothes.  Please ensure that you child has a waterproof coat and trousers and wellington boots.

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