All children at St Michael’s School have the opportunity to experience Forest Schools on a regular basis.
What is Forest School?
Forest School offers our children regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a natural environment. Children are nurtured to:
- Explore and discover at their own pace
- Experience appropriate risk and challenge
- Initiate and drive their own learning
- Experience regular success
- Develop positive relationships with themselves, others and their natural environment
- Learn practical skills in a safe environment.
Children enjoy activities ranging from making delicious hot chocolates over an open fire, to shelter building and making bug hotels.
Where does Forest School take place?
We are lucky enough to have a Forest School site at the back of our school field. Wander up the bank, behind the willows, through a gate and discover the magical world of our forest.
Forest School runs all year — whatever the weather!
Who leads Forest School sessions?
All sessions are led by a Level 3 qualified and skilled Forest School leader. In addition, we are supported by many parent volunteers who generously give their time to support Forest School sessions.
We are also lucky enough to be working in collaboration with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust who visit a small group of Year 6 children each week to deliver Forest School sessions, and have recently been awarded the Bronze Award on the Woodland Trust’s Green Tree Schools Award Woodland Trust.