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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 schoOutdoor classroom(1)ol field and the water meadow which includes our outdoor classroom and boardwalk area.

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.

EY and Yr1 FS week 054 (Mobile) Yr4 FS week 004 (Mobile)

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 – characte1M 013 (Mobile)rised 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 phenoP1000428 (Small)mena.

Who takes part in Forest School sessions?

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

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?

Forest School parents views(2)

Forest School Week

In May 2016 we had another wonderful Forest School curriculum enrichment week with all the children taking part in Forest School activities. The focus of the week was exploring the Native American culture. 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 after school, helping to get a feel for the Forest School ethos. Highlights from the children included whittling round the campfire, making popcorn, building dens and making jewellery. 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.

Year 4 residential 2016

From 9th-11th and 11-13th May 2016, 68 Year 4 pupils from St Edmunds and St Josephs attended a three day residential in Horstead, Norfolk.

Above are some of the pictures taken at the residential.

Thoughts about the trip (from the children)

On the residential I really enjoyed the archery. It was really fun and I really want to go again. (TH)

On the residential I enjoyed the people in my room because they were respectful and kind. (PP)

On the residential trip I really enjoyed making friends with St Joseph’s children and they were Henry and William. (TM)

I enjoyed the zip wire. It was fantastic but I was scared because the lady said that it was 9m high but I completed my goal! (RC)

I loved the zip wire because I was scared which made it more fun! (RS)

I loved archery because I have always wanted to do it and finally I had an opportunity. (EV)

I enjoyed everything at the residential but my favourite thing was gathering around the front room having hot chocolate. (JS)

On top of the climbing tower I whizzed off and I really enjoyed it. (AM)

I liked that the instructors were so kind. (AB)

I really enjoyed the low ropes because I love getting muddy and it was fun being blindfolded .(ET)

I enjoyed the pool table, hot chocolate and the zip wire. They were all fantastic. For me it was the best time of my life. (FD)

I enjoyed when I worked with my group because we had clever ideas to work out the answers. (MB)

The funniest thing that happened on the residential trip was the zip wire and Mrs Copeman jumping off the tower. (MJ)

I liked seeing Miss Tindle screaming down the zipwire.

I enjoyed the canoeing the most because it was a soaking experience! (CG)

I liked the zip wire because I’m trying new stuff like team activities, archery, low ropes and canoeing. I loved the rooms and the food. Best trip ever! (RT)

Enrichment Weeks

The curriculum at St Edmund’s is a feast for learning and so we regularly make use of enrichment weeks to motivate and engage the children.

Enrichement weeks we have enjoyed in recent terms include:

  • St Edmunds Week
  • Book Week
  • EAL Week
  • Forest School Week
  • SAW (Science, Art and Writing) Week
  • Languages Week
  • Maths at Work week
  • Science/DT week

 

Our most recent Enrichement Week

May 2016

The most recent enrichment week that we have enjoyed at St Edmunds was our Forest School Week in May 2016.

The theme for the week was exploring the culture of Native Americans.

Further information can be seen under the Forest School heading on this page or in Newsletter 13 in the News & Letters section of the website.

 

PE and Sports

Our extra-curricular programme is extensive and includes lunchtime and after school clubs and inter school competitions. The majority of our after school clubs are run by our committed teaching staff and are delivered with high levels of enthusiasm and knowledge. Our current programme includes football, rounders and netball. We also enter a variety of competitions with our school teams.
The PE and School Sport Premium introduced to schools is used to build upon our successes and help us to develop even better access to high quality PE, and foster a lifelong love of sport and embed knowledge about the benefits of sustained physical activity.

We are committed to high quality continual professional development for all our staff, not just teachers. As this competency is developed we will be able to secure a sustainable change and improvement to benefit our children and their families. Please come and join us and enjoy a healthy active lifestyle with us.