Welcome to Forest School at Stoke Prior First School
The Ethos of Forest School
Our Forest School ethos is to provide children with learning opportunities in the outdoor environment, in order to enhance their overall well-being, whilst also enabling them to build their confidence and self-esteem. We encourage and support children to challenge themselves to reach their full potential. Every session will be held on our school site, yet every child’s experience will change and be different.
Through exploration and discovery the children are able to enjoy and self-initiate their own learning. Sessions have planned activities for the children to access if they want to, but they are free to choose what they take part in and to create their own games. This child led experience encourages the development of imagination, it builds self-esteem and creates a desire to understand and learn. The combination of freedom and responsibility has been particularly beneficial to children with little confidence, or those with challenging behaviour. We set children small manageable tasks at which they can succeed and receive genuine praise.
Children are able to take calculated risks in a controlled environment. The high adult to child ratio mean that children can experience types of activities that are often prohibited, such as lighting and cooking on fires, making shelters and using tools.
For more information about the ethos and principles of Forest School, please see the Forest School Association website at www.forestschoolassociation.co.uk
Forest School at Stoke Prior First School
At Stoke Prior First School, we go out in all weathers, all year round, exploring and learning from the seasons and environmental changes. We provide children in Reception and Year 1 with heavy duty waterproof trousers and jackets to keep them dry and relatively clean! Children in Years 2, 3 and 4 will need to provide their own waterproofs. All children will need to bring their own wellies throughout the seasons, and warm socks, scarves, hats and gloves needed in cold weather. We have some wellies that can be borrowed, or you can exchange a smaller pair of wellies for a larger pair, although the size choice is limited. Children wear their own clothes, appropriate clothing for the seasons - long sleeves and trousers are recommended to prevent stings and bites.
All children in the school will have an opportunity to access Forest School, as we recognise and value its importance.
Please see below for the Forest School rota for 2022 - 2023:
Morning Year Group
Afternoon Year Group
Below are activities that all of our pupils
enjoyed in Forest School last year.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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