Forest School

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We are very fortunate at Dame Tipping to have an environment where the children are able to take part in Forest School right on our doorstep. Mrs Buckley is our trained Forest School leader; she runs weekly sessions (supported by parent volunteers) for our Key Stage 1 and EYFS pupils. She also runs a ‘Forest Club’ for older pupils.

Forest School is a unique method of Outdoor Education that allows children to develop confidence, independence, self-esteem and awareness and knowledge of the natural environment.

It is a child centred and child led programme that provides the opportunity for the children to use their personal learning style to complete their chosen tasks.

The  Purpose/Aims of Forest School

  • To provide children with experiences that encourages an appreciation, awareness and knowledge of the natural environment.
  • To learn to respect and care for their own local environment.
  • To abide by rules and set standards of behaviour, to work cooperatively in groups and to respect each other.
  • To develop children’s self-esteem and self confidence through the setting of small achievable tasks.One of the principles of Forest School is to promote environmental awareness and encourage sustainability. The children are taught about respect and responsibility for the world around them. Both the children and adults are encouraged to respect their environment and to be aware of conservation issues of the wild area around them.Parents will be informed when their child is about to take part in Forest School. A copy of our Forest School policy is available from Mrs. Buckley.

Environmental Considerations and Conservation

One of the principles of Forest School is to promote environmental awareness and encourage sustainability. The children are taught about respect and responsibility for the world around them. Both the children and adults are encouraged to respect their environment and to be aware of conservation issues of the wild area around them.

Encouraging children to care for the environment is an essential part of Forest School.  In order to encourage the children to look after the site, we will always leave it tidy and never damage anything growing in it. We will only collect things that are on the ground and leave the area as we found it when we leave.

Parents will be informed when their child is about to take part in Forest School. A copy of our Forest School policy is available from Mrs. Buckley.