Our Curriculum - Forest School
Here at Thomas Barnes Primary School we are very lucky to have Hopwas Woods on our door step and a wonderful woodland area that we use for Forest School sessions.
EYFS teacher Miss Green is also our qualified Level 3 Forest School Leader and leads all sessions supported by teaching assistant Miss Bland.
We are passionate about outdoor learning and believe in the importance of children’s contact with nature. Forest School takes learning outdoors, this may include exploring the woods, collecting natural materials, building dens or having controlled fires.
We aim for every child to access Forest School sessions each year for a half term. In line with our vision and values, we believe that it is important for all children to experience learning in a natural, outdoor environment.
Each year group will take part in six Forest School sessions each year.
Autumn 1 - Year 1
Autumn 2 - Year 4
Spring 1 - Year 2
Spring 2 -Year 5
Summer 1 -Year 3
Summer 2 -Year 6
Forest School sessions provide a natural and fun environment for children. Some of the benefits include:
Forest School helps children to grow in confidence as a result of the freedom, time and space they are given in their learning.
- Social skills
Activities such as sharing tools and participating in play help teach the children to work together as a group, which strengthens their bonds and social ties.
- Physical skills
The increase in outdoor activity is bound to have a positive physical impact. Not only does the development of physical stamina improve but also gross and fine motor skills.
The sensory experiences provided by Forest School’s helps prompt language development. Improving communication skills has a positive effect on a child’s self-esteem and is a crucial part of their development.
- Risk Taking
Children are also encouraged to take supported risks in order to develop their resilience, creativity and curiosity.
Forest School Curriculum
Types of activities will include planting, controlled fire making, shelter building, saw, drill and knife work and transient art.
Forest School Kit
Children will need weather proof clothing for their forest school sessions as we go out in all weathers. Walking boots/wellies are also needed for the sessions. Long hair should be tied back.
All risk assessments and procedures have been completed and are available on request.