Forest School

We are very fortunate here at St Mark’s school to have a huge outdoor learning environment and to be blessed with Forest School provision.

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.

Forest schooling is an ethos driven rather than an activity based approach to learning. We recognise the importance of the holistic development of the child. A learner-centred approach interweaves with the ever-changing moods and marvels, potential and challenges of the natural world through the seasons to fill every Forest School session and programme with discovery and difference. Yet each programme does also share a common set of principles, aimed at ensuring that all learners experience the cumulative and lasting benefits that quality Forest School offers.

In order to develop holistically children must be given positive opportunities to:

  • Play and Explore with what they already know.
  • Learn actively though perseverance, enjoyment and concentration.
  • Think creatively and critically by having their own ideas, making links to prior knowledge and by having opportunities to make their own choices.

During our Forest School sessions we do this together, in a woodland setting, meeting the individual needs of the child and inspiring them to be confident life long learners.

Whilst undertaking Forest school sessions the children at the St Marks Catholic Primary school develop:

  • Creative skills utilising the natural environment and resources available to them.
  • Specific scientific knowledge such as the difference between flowering and non-flowering plants.

By allowing children to freely choose their own activities children are able to become engrossed in things that interest them and undertake a deep level of learning. By managing their own risks in all they do we are equipping children with the tools needed to thrive in challenging and potentially dangerous environments.

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Look what we made!
 
A Borrower house.
Making another Borrower house.  
Finding giant's hair.