Forest SchoolsWritten by Richard Burrows
Forest School sessions started up for small groups of pupils in September, with Hierathlyn pupils getting to experience it first.
Forest School is an inspirational process that offers small groups of pupils regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. It instils a love and respect for nature. It is led by qualified Forest School leaders.
In Forest School, we teach pupils to safely use tools, like saws and axes for cutting, and knives for whittling. We also teach how to light fires, cook and build shelters. Forest School encourages (controlled) risk taking, with activities such as tree climbing and making rope swings. All done with small pupil to teacher ratios for safety and to build good relationships. And during every activity, learning about nature and conserving it is taught.
The idea is that in the first instance, about a dozen pupils from each house, of mixed age groups, take part in Forest School activities. The next stage is to have Y6 intake pupils take part, in small groups, and eventually have all Year 7 pupils experiencing Forest School, as part of their Project Based Learning timetable.