All children at St Michael’s School have the opportunity to experience Forest Schools on a regular basis.
What is Forest School?
To find our Forest School setting you need to enter through the willow archway, pass the tepee into a world of imagination, creativity and risk taking.
Children can be found exploring through self-led play, storytelling, role playing and discovering their natural world. Children safely learn practical skills using a range of tools and delight in mastering these skills week on week. Swings are made, bug houses explored, dens designed, hot chocolate and popcorn cooked on the open fire. Taking turns, co-operation, sitting and listening are all skills you will witness if you join us in the woods.
In Forest School we place the emphasis on the journey rather than the outcome, providing emotional time and physical space for child-led learning to come alive
Forest School offers children regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a natural environment. Children are encouraged 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 using a range of tools, in a safe environment
- Develop a positive mental attitude, self-motivation and independence
Children enjoy activities ranging from sawing and drilling, lighting fires, making hot chocolate, cooking popcorn, shelter building, designing and making bug hotels, building dens and swings. . These magical opportunities are supported by a fully qualified and skilled Forest School leader.
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.