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Forest School

Forest School builds on a child’s innate motivation and positive attitude to learning, offering them the opportunities to take risks, make choices and initiate learning for themselves.The Forest school learning environment provides opportunities for children to develop self-esteem, self-confidence, to form positive relationships with others, to develop a growing awareness of their emotional needs and the needs of others, to learn to cooperate and work with their peers and adults and to develop strategies in order to take risks within the boundaries of safety.

Forest School is about exploring and experiencing the natural world through practical activities. The children go out in all weathers, all year round, exploring and learning from the seasons and environment changes. The children’s interests along with the varied natural resources in our woodland are used to stimulate creative thinking, problem solving and skill development, all in the guise of play.

Forest School Club

After school each Monday, a group of children put on their outdoor clothes and make their way to Mary's Haven to take part in Forest School. They take part in a number of different activities including:

  • Den building
  • Fire lighting
  • Making bows and arrows
  • Toasting marshmallows
  • Boiling the kelly kettle
  • Orienteering to crack the code
  • Drinking hot chocolate
  • Cooking on the fire
  • Making jewellery
  • Building a bug hotel
  • Creating Mud masks
  • Making whistles