The Ethos of Forest School is based on a fundamental respect for children and young people and for their capacity to instigate, test and maintain curiosity in the world around them.
Forest School believes in children’s right to play, the right to access the outdoors (and in particular a woodland environment) the right to to access risk and the vibrant reality of the natural world and the right to experience a healthy range of emotions, through all the challenges of social interaction, to build a resilience that will enable continued and creative engagement with their peers and their potential.
What does this look like at Engayne?
At Engayne we are committed to getting our children outdoors as an integral part of their learning.
In EYFS this is “Welly Wednesday” where we head outside each week and explore the school grounds using our senses and developing our creative skills.
All year groups plan outdoor learning whether is it Year One and their Autumn topic or Year Three weekly maths challenges all the children get to learn and engage with their learning in new and exciting ways. The new outdoor classroom on the field has given us a super “hub” for our lessons.
Year Two, Four and Five have Forest School sessions.
What are the benefits?
- Confidence and independence
- Empathy with others and nature
- Physical health benefits
- Mental wellbeing
- Learning from experiences
- Exposure to managed risks
- Better mood and sleep
This is what it looks like!
We have received a very generous donation from our local British Garden Centre of a large amount of Spring bulbs! Year One and Year Six partnered up to re-wild and plant bulbs within our school grounds to enhance our green spaces around the school. We look forward to seeing them bloom in the Spring! Spring has brought us the opportunity to plant some trees! The charity We Dig Trees has given us 100 trees which Year 1 and Year 6 have planted for us.
Our forest school sessions are fantastic fun! We go out in all weather …. and keep smiling!
We are proud to announce we have been awarded a Level Two Garden award from the RHS. Prizes include flower and vegetable seeds, certificates and some amazing gardening books. We have also received a £50 garden voucher to enhance our grounds even further.
We are working hard to submit evidence for our Level 3 award.