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Forest School Assembly - Tuesday 16th October 2018 at 3pm


As you may already be aware, this year we are giving our pupils the opportunity to take part in Forest School.


We are inviting parents to come along to a whole-school assembly on Tuesday 16th October at 2.50pm to learn more about the exciting initiative. Our Year 3 pupils who have already participated in Forest School sessions will be sharing details of their experiences.


The Forest School sessions will be run by Jude Vinton from Be Free Forest School who will be working alongside the class teacher. Jude is an experienced primary school teacher. Year 4 will be taking part after half term and we will confirm the start dates of the other year groups during the assembly.


Forest School is an inspirational process that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education. Activities are age appropriate and tie in with the group’s own interests, strengths and weaknesses and the school curriculum.


Forest school has 6 key principles:-


  1. Forest School is a long-term process with frequent and regular sessions rather than a one-off visit. Planning, adaption, observations and reviewing are integral elements of Forest School.
  2. Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural wooded environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
  3. Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
  4. Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
  5. Forest School is run by qualified Forest School Practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.
  6. Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for development and learning.


Forest School will go ahead whatever the weather so children will need access to suitable clothing which may get dirty and wet. You will be provided with a list of clothing requirements.


This is a marvellous opportunity for our children, and we would be delighted if parents could volunteer on a weekly basis to support their class for a half term. If this is something you’d be interested, please ask your child’s teacher for more information and an application form.


In order for children to take part, it is necessary for all pupils to be in receipt of a signed consent form. A copy of the letter and consent form can be downloaded via this link. You will also find a copy of the suggested clothing list.


We look forward to as many parents attending the assembly as possible.