Lucy Walton, our Forest School Leader is passionate about providing an outdoor learning experience for children. She runs Forest School sessions in the neighbouring St John’s School Field.
Forest School is based on a fundamental respect for children and young people to enhance their learning about the world around them. A Forest School Leader will instigate, plan, and lead regular sessions in which the children will visit a Forest School area.
We believe that Forest School is an exceptional experience that complements the Early Years curriculum. Forest School sessions provide opportunities for physical development and gross motor skills as well as enabling children to use their imagination and explore different natural materials and tools. Children are able to develop their communication and language skills too by gaining knowledge of new things, widening their vocabulary, listening and responding to instructions and socialising with staff and peers. In addition to helping children develop their self-confidence, Forest School sessions also help enhance their personal social and emotional development by allowing them to learn to take small risks whilst also getting to know how to remain safe at all times. Their understanding of the world will be expanded naturally through real life experience in situ rather than just through table top explorations and books, although these can act later as further extension. Mathematical skills are also introduced in the Forest School activities from learning how to manipulate tools, to finding their way around, looking at nature’s solutions to problems and studying colour, shapes, size, distance, the list is virtually endless!
Forest school has been delivered at Paddocks Pre-school since 2018.