Forest School Learning at Martin
In June 2016 we learnt that we had made a successful bid to John Lyon’s Charity for a grant of £30,000, to be spread over three years, to enable us to begin to implement Forest School learning within Martin Primary School.
Forest School is a type of outdoor education in which children visit forests and woodlands to learn personal, social, physical and technical skills. It has been defined as ‘an inspirational process that offers children regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence through hands-on learning in a woodland environment.’
Forest schools use the woods and forests as a means to build independence and self-esteem in children. Personal skills such as teamwork and problem solving are also learnt. The woodland environment may also be used to learn about other curriculum subjects and to enhance communication skills.
At Martin Primary School we are rolling out the Forest School programme with Year 1 and Year 4. All pupils will receive 6 x two and a half hour sessions during a half term period. The activities are led by a fully qualified Forest School practitioner, supported by school staff and parent/carer volunteers and governors.
As part of our commitment to ensuring that Forest School sessions are sustainable long term, two members of staff have received level 3 training and 3 members of staff and a volunteer received level 2 training. This has enabled regular forest school sesisons and interventions to be run in nursery, reception and year 6.
This year an outdoor classroom and toilet have been added to the forest school area to enable learning outside in all weathers.
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Please see our Forest School Handbook below:
Here are some wonderful photos of our pupils enjoying Forest School learning: