Forest School at Priory Woods
We are excited to see our newly developed Forest School area starting to take shape. It has been developed over the past year to enable children regular opportunities to take part in learning and play in a woodland environment.
Through Forest School sessions at Priory Woods children are encouraged to develop a love and understanding of the natural environment, whilst developing the core purposes of the Forest School ethos which include development of self-esteem, confidence and social skills.
Forest School Philosophy
“Forest School is an inspirational process that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem, through hands on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. “
(Forest Schools association)
Location(s) of Priory Woods Forest School Sessions
Priory Woods School has a clearly defined Forest School area on site that has been developed over the past year. New plants and trees have been added and a pond has been recently installed. It is starting to look like a real wildlife area. We even have a bug hotel!
Off-site sessions take place in local woodland including Flats Lane Country Park, Stewart Park, Portrack Marsh and other local woodland areas..
Priory Woods School hopes to hold Forest School sessions regularly throughout the year but if the weather becomes too cold we will base forest school sessions inside the school and/or use the school grounds for shorter periods.
On and Off-site Activities
Activities will include (but not be limited to):
Den building, pond dipping, insect safaris, mud sculpting, natural art, instrument making, whittling, tool making, fire building, storm kettle use, cooking, rope tying etc...
Forest School Leaders
Judith Evans (Teacher) Forest School Practitioner Level 3
Aimee Robinson (Teacher), Forest School Practitioner Level 1
Insurance for Forest School Activities covered by SLA Insurance
It is important that all children have appropriate clothing suitable for all weather conditions. Priory Woods School will supply waterproof jackets and trousers for the duration of the Forest School sessions. The waterproofs will be large enough that the children can wear warm clothing underneath.
Regardless of the weather all children are expected to wear long sleeves, long trousers and closed shoes at all times. This will protect them from the sun, stinging plants, scratches etc. Wellies should be worn on wet days.
Sun hats are necessary for sunny days.
Policies and Procedures
Special policies and risk assessments have been designed to help facilitate the Forest School programme.