Explore, experiment, enjoy
FOREST SCHOOL EXPERIENCE
The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and
inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor
experiences. We plan exciting activities for your
children that will engage them in the woodland area,
stimulate imagination and encourage self belief and
confidence, whilst learning how to take ownership of
risks and make informed decisions. Forest School is an
inspirational process that offers children regular
opportunities to achieve through hands on learning
experiences in a local woodland environment.
Every session we will walk over to Harptree Court with our intrepid explorers to spend about an hour and a half outdoors in a truly beautiful setting. We are very lucky to have such an amazing facility on our doorstep and aim to utilise it to its full potential over each academic year.
Please note Forest School sessions are add on value enhanced experiences – core attendance hours apply prior to booking a Forest School session i.e. minimum 6 hours plus Forest School.
The Forest School leader is Penny Rowlands ably supported by Nicky Orr (both of whom are fully qualified Level 3 Forest School ) and Caroline Webb who will link and oversee the Foundation Stage. They will be accompanied by Nursery staff. Parent volunteers are always welcome and guidelines on roles and responsibilities will be sent out prior to helping.
We go out in all weather, unless we deem it unsafe due to high winds. We are fortunate to have obtained funding to purchase waterproofs for all our explorers in which we kit them. Wellies are essential ( even when not wet we have access to a stream!) as are long sleeved tops and long trousers and a complete change of named clothes. All children will be provided with a mini rucksack to carry. We advise them to bring a bottle of water, to pop in.
Forest School is an important part of Nursery and our staff/child ratios are precisely balanced between the two environments. Consequently if your child is well enough to be at Nursery they are also well enough to be out in the forest. If for any reason the Leader feels that it is not appropriate for a child to be attending she will discuss this with Senior Managers and parent/carers.