Woolhampton CE Primary School, Woolhampton Hill, Upper Woolhampton, Berkshire, RG7 5TB, 0118 9712270
Forest School EthosForest School is a unique educational experience and process that offers children the opportunity to succeed and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland environment. Children engage in motivating and achievable tasks and activities throughout the year and in almost all weathers. Children will work with tools, play, learn boundaries of behaviour; both physical and social, grow in confidence, self-esteem and motivation whilst developing an understanding of the natural world. The Forest School concept originates in Denmark, originally aimed at preschool children, where it was found that children who had attended forest school then arrived at school with strong social and communication skills, having the ability to work in groups effectively, generally had high self-esteem and a confidence in their own abilities. These foundations helped them to raise their academic achievements.
Our Senior Teacher, Mrs Howe is passionate about outdoor learning and has been the driving force behind the introduction of Forest School in our school. In 2016 - 2017 she undertook the 6 month intensive course to become a Level 3 Forest School practitioner and qualified in March 2017. Mrs Howe has created a well equipped Forest School base, a short distance from the school, and over the academic year, all children will experience Forest School. Mrs Howe will endeavour to link aspects of topic work to Forest School e.g looking at ways Roman soldiers would have survived in a hostile outdoor environment.
Y6 children enjoying Forest School in Douai Woods.