At Beecroft we have a designated forest school area and a trained forest school leader. All children in reception and year 1 have timetabled forest school slots.
In a world where children spend more time on screens indoors, forest school allows children to get outside in all weathers to develop their curiosity about the outdoors. Having an onsite forest school site, allows children in reception and year 1, regular access to this area of the curriculum all year round to experience the different weathers and seasons. Forest school sessions are another form of exercise, helping develop co-ordination skills and balance. The activities are short and manageable which lead to a sense of achievement.
Our forest school sessions:
Allow children to explore and develop their understanding of the natural world.
Provides children the chance to have fun in a safe and exciting child-led learning environment, where they can choose how to spend their time.
Encourage children to take risks, become more resilient and increase self confidence.
Develop communication, co-operation and interpersonal skills, developing different ways of working together.
Gives children a chance to improve their fine and gross motor skills.
Develop children's sense of empathy while working and learning about the natural world and environment they live in.
Improve mental wellbeing, by giving children a chance to enjoy time outside away from the classroom.
Allows children to experience wood craft skills, camp fires and many other opportunities the classroom can not offer.