Avon Way, Didcot, Oxfordshire OX11 7GB
One of the most important objectives of Forest School is to foster a sense of belonging to a group of peers but also to enable children to function independently within that group. Some of the activities that the young people will take part in may involve an element of risk.
Forest School allows everyone, particularly children and young people, the opportunity to learn through experience within a woodland setting, to develop their self esteem and confidence in a hands-on manner.
Our vision is to enable each student attending Forest School sessions to have the opportunity to develop an inquisitive and positive relationship with the natural world. Increasing confidence, self esteem and respect in preparation for an ever-changing world, and for every student to have the opportunity to achieve their complete and full potential.
The philosophy of Forest Schools is to inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences.
The skills developed at Forest School
Co-operation: The children develop negotiating skills with each other and with adults. They learn to respect each other.
Motivation: Helps to develop the ability to concentrate
Decision making: It allows children to grow in their ability to take decisions in their play and negotiation with each other.
WHAT TO WEAR......
Foundation Stage and Year 1 - Although foundation stage and year 1 children wear waterproofs, these do not protect from the cold. During the winter months the children need to wear 4-5 warm layers. Trousers need to be thick and warm and wellingtons are essential. During the summer months the children must continue to wear trousers and plenty of sun cream - don't forget a hat!
Year 2 - During the winter months, the children need to wear 4-5 warm layers. Trousers need to thick and warm, waterproofs are ideal and wellingtons are essential. During the summer months the children must continue to wear trousers and plenty of sun cream - don't forget a hat!
"There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing"
(Forest School and Outdoors Learning in the Early Years pub 2009)