Forest School comes to Barlow!
We are very excited to announce that every child at Barlow will be given the opportunity to take part in Forest School sessions after February half term. Mrs. Ryan has recently passed her assessment as a Level 3 Forest School Leader and is looking forward to taking each class for a 4 week block of sessions. We are very fortunate to have the exclusive use of a local woodland kindly provided by the landowner, Mr. Rob Pearson. Mrs. Ryan has fully risk assessed the area and has already trialled a six week programme with a group of Year 4 and 5 pupils. The response from pupils was overwhelming and the benefits of learning outdoors really shone through.
What is forest school?
Forest school is an inspirational process that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.
It is a holistic learning process, with children being given the freedom to explore their surroundings through a theme or activity led by the Forest school leader. Forest School has a proven record of increasing children’s confidence, self-esteem and sense of well-being. This has also proven to have increased concentration and attainment in the classroom setting.
What type of activities will my child be taking part in?
Activities will range from creative tasks such as sculpture, art and craft sessions using the woodland as inspiration to ‘bushcraft’ skills such as shelter-building, knot-tying, using tools such as a bow-saw or loppers. All activities will be carried out with the relevant risk assessment and under the supervision of Mrs. Ryan, who has undertaken in-depth training to become a level 3 qualified Forest School practitioner.
What clothing will my child need?
Forest School will take place in most weather conditions, with the exception of high winds and it tis essential that your child is well prepared with the following suitable items of clothing:
Wellies and thick socks or walking boots.
Old tracksuit bottoms/ trousers that aren’t denim.
Fleece or jumper.
Forest School Dates
Block 1- Class 4
Tuesdays- 1st March, 8th March, 15th March , 22nd March.
Topic link-Geography human and physical, Sculpture.
Block 2- Class 1
Tuesdays 19th,26th April, 3rd, 10th May.
Topic link- weather
Block 3- Class 2
Tuesdays 7th,14th, 21st, 28th June
Topic link- Place- knowledge
Block 4- Class 3
Tuesdays 5th, 12th, 19th (full day).
Topic link- Local study.
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