Your child’s Forest School sessions will take place mainly in our woodland setting here at Willowcroft. It is hoped in the future to extend the learning to more established woodland around the Didcot area.
The Forest School learning environment provides opportunities for your child to develop holistically, ie; physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially, culturally, morally and spiritually.
As well as learning about the natural environment and developing practical skills, our sessions will provide opportunities for your child to develop their self-awareness, social and communication skills and emotional intelligence.
The Forest School leader is more of a facilitator, than a teacher, providing opportunities and encouragement for your child to learn through play and exploration. Our Forest School are child-led and our session plans allow flexibility, allowing children to deviate from planned activities.
We will also allow time for reviewing and reflecting the activities and experiences that have taken place during the session, listening to the children, supporting confidence building and communication skills. Their feedback will be important when planning future sessions.
Whilst Forest School takes place in a relatively safe environment, it is important that your child is given regular opportunities to take appropriate risks, such as tool use, fire lighting and tree climbing. Children will also be involved in crafts, bug hunts, learning about nature, rope work/knots and shelter building.
These opportunities will build self-confidence, allow children to learn and develop their physical and mental limits within a safe environment and make them better equipped to handle risk. All activities will be closely supervised and assessed for risk and benefits.
There will be regular Forest School sessions for your child, as we believe Forest School works best when the same group of children are given the opportunity to visit the same woodlands together on a regular basis.
What should your child wear?
Following the Forest Schools ethos of......‘there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing!’
Children are expected to dress warmly and we ask parents to provide;
Please ensure that your child is wearing sunscreen and this is applied before they come to school.
The school has access to waterproofs, however, if your child has their own, could we kindly ask that they bring them in (named). Remember your child will get muddy, so please avoid their favourite smart clothes!
Although we instruct children not to put anything in their mouths at Forest School, it is important that you keep the School updated with any allergies your child may have, and ensure we have the correct contact details for you in case of emergencies.