“The best classroom and the richest cupboard are roofed by the sky.”
Forest School Principles
Forest School is a specific approach to outdoor learning that aims to enable learners to develop confidence, self-esteem and resilience through regular, consistent and hands-on interactions with the natural world.
It is not simply taking the conventional classroom outside. Children are given the freedom to explore, discover and learn on their own terms, experiencing first hand the natural world through the changing weather and seasons and becoming enveloped in the almost limitless experiences of sight, smell, sound, touch and even taste that can open up an extraordinary journey of self-discovery.
Forest School at Robert Kett Primary School
All the children at Robert Kett Primary are lucky enough to experience Forest School sessions at some point during the academic year. The sessions take part in a designated forest area with rope swing, fire circle, digging pit and den building area. Sessions are delivered by two experienced and enthusiastic practitioners (Mrs Wright and Mrs Beresford) who enjoy sharing their passion for nature and the outdoors with the children.
As part of forest schools, children have the opportunity to:
- Explore nature
- Identify and name objects in nature e.g. trees, birds, insects
- Build dens
- Learn new skills e.g. whittling, sawing, knot tying
- Create art using natural materials
- Enjoy social experiences with their peers
- Make swings, hang hammocks
- Learn fire safety