At Tornedale Infant school we are lucky enough to have an area we use for Forest School sessions. The area has been developed along with help from The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. It is planted with different saplings and there are many areas for the children to make use of.
The children all access the area with our trained Forest School leader -Miss Barrett. Each class take turns over the terms to have weekly sessions.
The children learn the FS ethos and make good use of their time outside,while abiding by the rules in place.
Every child is encouraged to take part and sessions take pace in all weathers. School have a variety of wet weather suits available for the children to wear, the outfits are worn over their school clothing. Children and parents are reminded that they all need their own pair of wellingtons or sturdy boots when accessing Forest school as the grass can get quite muddy!
Forest school ethos and beliefs.
Forest school practitioners have known all along that children and young people are stimulated by the outdoors and typically experience over time an increase in their:
- learning capacity,
- problem solving skills and emotional well being
The children take part in many activities, some of them planned, many of them not. They are encouraged to take risks,interact,problem solve, communicate and most of all be their own person and find their own individual favourite activity.
Just a few of the Forest school activities
- Sensory walks.
- Shelter building.
- Mini beast hunts.
- Campfire cooking.
- Nature art
- Mud play
In FS sessions the children are keen to participate and eager to learn new skills.
Please take a look at our Forest School Handbook for all the relevant guidance. Policies and risk assessments are available to view at the school office.