We are Forest School
Our Forest School classroom is within a blue rope at Sandfield Park, Aughton. We are very grateful to Mr Ron Davis for sharing his woodlands with us. They are open to the public 7 days a week.
- We go every week rain or shine.
- We walk to Ormskirk and catch the train to Aughton.
- We have great fun on the way and the children learn to notice and discuss landmarks and features of their local community.
- We love our woods, we put on our protective clothing and enjoy a sitting round the fire, toasting crumpets, singing songs, getting all muddy and climb some trees!
Forest School is a way of educating children that originated in Denmark and came to England in the 1990’s. Wales and Scotland have Forest School as a part of the curriculum. We believe it is one of the best ways to learn.
How does your child benefit?
Our high standards have been raised further since we embarked upon the Forest SchoolInitiative.
In September 2010 most of our children were reaching age expectations by July 2011:
- two thirds of our children were above age expectations in Personal Social and Emotional Development.
- almost half our children were above age expectations in Knowledge and Understanding of the World.
- almost half our children were above age expectations in Physical Development.
By 2012 we raised:
- your already excellent 94% of children achieving age expectations or above in Personal Social and Emotional to 96%.
- the 85% of children who achieved age expectations or above in Knowledge and Understanding of the World to 96%.
- the 85% of children who achieved age expectations or above in Physical Development to 92%.
- the 83% of children who achieved age expectations or above in Communication Language and Literacy to 92%.
We assess the children in their Well-being, an essential element for children to reach their full learning potential (Leuven Research). So far all our children who started with a low level of wellbeing, after engaging in Forest School have all moved up one level some have moved up two and three!
What will your child do?
We have respect and are responsible for nature!
Our ethos is to teach our children how to love and respect nature.
- We achieve this through giving children ownership of their own Forest School classroom.
- They are responsible for caring for the trees, shrubs and living creatures we find there.
- We teach our children what a woodland needs to survive.
- We discuss how we are not only responsible for the woods but our whole planet.
We are Challenged!
The children solve real problems and engage in challenging thinking, asking themselves questions;
“How will I keep this shelter up?” or “How will I get down safely from the top of this tree?”
We are Independent, Determined and We Keep Ourselves Safe
Our children’s wellbeing and safety are at the very heart of all we do.
We want to encourage our children to aim high, be risk takers, to try their best whilst at the same time knowing their limits and be able to keep themselves safe. For example:
- Children who have been to Forest School know not to touch mushrooms.
- They know how to find and use a dock leaf if they get stung by nettles- they even know what part of a nettle is suitable for making soup from- because they have made nettle soup and eaten it!
Each Forest School Activity has a carefully thought through risk assessment in accordance with Lancashire County Council’s Guidelines.
These will be changed and amended with the addition of any new activity, tool or environmental change.
The risk assessments and policy are in the Forest School Handbook.
We will only use any photographs of children that have previously notified us on the permission slips, as is school policy.