In 2010 a member of our team, Sue Halmshaw, gained her level 3 in Forest school. When we moved onto Queensway school site in April 2011, Sue noticed a piece of land on the other side of the playing field, that didn’t seem to be used. Mr Mark Shaw who was the Head teacher of Queensway at the time very kindly said that we could use this land to develop a ‘Forest school’ school environment for use of the Pre-school and Queensway school……so we did!
We approached a gardener who specialises in forest school and in those 2 years they helped to transform the space. The children have: dens, sensory plants, young trees, a large digging area, a log circle for story, song and mat times and also an ‘Insect hotel’, as well as the super pathways cut out of the long grass, ideal for a ‘Bear hunt’!
This project is on-going and something we are always fundraising for.
Forest school allows the children to risk take and make their own decisions. Building their confidence and self-esteem in a natural outdoor environment, in a child led approach to children’s learning which is fun and unhurried.
The trained adults are facilitators and observers allowing them time to step back and observe the children. Encouraging the children to have a voice, to have contact with nature and explore their environment using all of their senses.