Forest School at Barlow
Every child at Barlow has the opportunity to take part in Forest School sessions each term and will complete a minimum of 6 half day sessions throughout the year. Mrs Feeney, who is our Level 3 Forest School Leader, plans and delivers sessions that often link to the topics each class is covering that term. Children will learn how to use tools to make things using natural materials, work together as a team and cook food on a campfire amongst many other character building exercises. We are very fortunate to have the exclusive use of a local woodland kindly provided by the landowner, Mr. Rob Pearson.
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. Feeney, who has undertaken in-depth training to become a level 3 qualified Forest School practitioner. Mrs Feeney also holds a relevant outdoor first aid qualification.
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.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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