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Forest School

At St Edmunds we are very lucky to have wonderful grounds enabling us to run Forest School sessions. We make use of the school field and the water meadow which includes our outdoor classroom and boardwalk area.

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What is Forest School?

The Forest School model originates in Scandinavia and involves participants (adults and children) learning outdoors on a regular basis.  During the sessions we promote, observe and explicitly support the social, emotional and physical development of those involved.  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.

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What impact does Forest School have?

  • Increased confidence – characterised by the self confidence and self belief that comes from children having the freedom, time and space to learn, grow and demonstrate independence.
  • Increased social skills – characterised by an increased awareness of the consequences of actions on other people and their ability to undertake activities with others.
  • Improved language and communication – characterised by the development of more sophisticated uses of written and spoken language, prompted by the visual and other sensory experiences of a child.
  • Improved motivation and concentration – characterised by keenness to participate in exploratory, learning and play activities.  Also an ability to focus on specific tasks and to concentrate for extended periods.
  • Improved physical skills – characterised by the development of physical stamina and gross and fine motor skills.
  • Increased knowledge and understanding – characterised by a respect for the environment and an interest in their natural surroundings – making observations and insights into natural phenomena.

Who takes part in Forest School sessions?

All of the children at St Edmunds take part in Forest School sessions. At present Key stage 1 pupils take part in these each week and Early Years and Key stage 2 pupils, each term.

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What have the children said about Forest School sessions at St Edmunds?

Forest School pupil views

What have the parents said about Forest School sessions?

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Forest School Week

In March we had a wonderful Forest School curriculum enrichment week with all the children taking part in Forest School activities. We couldn’t have been luckier with the weather during the week and it was great to see so many parents able to join us to explore our outdoor classroom and surroundings and to experience the Forest School ethos. Highlights from the children included whittling round the campfire, toasting bread, building dens and making minibeast homes. There were plenty of opportunities for the children to collaborate with one another during the week and it was great to see their independence developing when faced with real life problems to solve. The buzz of conversation throughout the school during the week about what the children had chosen to do was lovely to hear.

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