At Millfields we believe that Forest School is for all of our children regardless of age, ability, learning, behavioural and emotional difficulties, both girls and boys.
All children can benefit from the Forest School experience especially in terms of their communication and thinking skills, confidence, independence and self-esteem. This is why we are so proud to be able to offer this provision on a weekly basis across the age range from Reception to Year 4.
Forest school provides the opportunity for the children to build on their natural motivation and positive attitude to learning, offering them the opportunities to take risks, make choices and initiate learning for themselves.
All children learn to understand the need to take risks and the implications. Some situations are dangerous not because they are told this is so but because they understand this is the case. Children become naturally used to making their own assessments of risk taking.
A positive approach at Forest School transfers back into the classroom and so affects the quality of the children’s overall learning experiences. This is particularly evident in the way that Forest School supports and compliments the Key Stage 1 and 2 curriculums. All Forest School planning is linked to and influenced by the in school topics so that the children can make the connections within their learning; their learning in the outdoors is relevant.
History in Key Stage 2 –
Life before the Roman invasion
Forest School at Millfields is led and organised by Ms Neale. Alongside her, Mrs Dixon and Mr Maiden, who are both qualified Forest School Leaders, support and facilitate the children’s learning.
Minimising and managing risk and ensuring the Forest School site is always as safe as possible
Planning and Assessment:
Forest School sessions are planned in line with the requirements of the new national curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2 and in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage. In the Early Years sessions are very flexible allowing the children to instigate the planning through review gatherings at the end of each session. Observations and discussions with children are integral during all sessions in order to assess levels of understanding and to move learning forwards.
All supporting adults stand back but know when and how to intervene. Questioning is so important. What are the children doing and why? Time is always allowed for thinking and response.
Learning and the Learner:
Leaders are put in the position of the children so that they can see Forest School opportunities and experiences through the eye of the learner.
Forest School for our children at Millfields is not about one off visits it is about maximising the learning potential of our Forest School site and making links with all aspects of learning through frequent and regular experiences.
Forest School helps children to understand, appreciate and care for the natural environment. It also enables them to just have fun and explore the world around them. What can be better than that?
Forest School also gives the children time to reflect.
But best of all you get to spend time with your friends and even make new ones.