Menu
Home Page

The Grove Infant and Nursery School

Achieving our potential in our creative learning community

Forest Schools

Forest School Timetable Autumn 2021

September

13th

Monday

pm

Beech

Group 1

 

15th

Wednesday

am

Chestnut

Group 1

 

17th

Friday

pm

Ash

Group 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

September

20th

Monday

pm

Beech

Group 2

 

22nd

Wednesday

am

Chestnut

Group 2

 

24th

Friday

pm

Ash

Group 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

September

27th

Monday

pm

Maple

Group 1

 

29th

Wednesday

am

Lime

Group 1

October

1st 

Friday

pm

Oak

Group 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

October

4th

Monday

pm

Maple

Group 2

 

6th

Wednesday

am

Lime

Group 2

 

8th   

Friday

pm

Oak

Group 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

October

11th

Monday

pm

Willow

Group 1

 

13th

Wednesday

am

Sycamore

Group 1

 

15th  

Friday

pm

Pine

Group 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

October

18th

Monday

pm

Willow

Group 2

 

20th

Wednesday

am

Sycamore

Group 2

 

22nd

Friday

pm

Pine

Group 2

Half Term 25.10 – 29.10

November

1st

Monday

pm

Beech

Group 1

 

3rd

Wednesday

am

Chestnut

Group 1

 

5th

Friday

pm

Ash

Group 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

November

8th

Monday

pm

Beech

Group 2

 

10th

Wednesday

am

Chestnut

Group 2

 

12th

Friday

pm

Ash

Group 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

November

15th

Monday

pm

Maple

Group 1

 

17th

Wednesday

am

Lime

Group 1

 

19th

Friday

pm

Oak

Group 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

November

24th

Wednesday

am

Lime

Group 2

 

26th  

Friday

pm

Oak

Group 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

November

29th

Monday

pm

Maple

Group 2

December

1st

Wednesday

am

Sycamore

Group 1

 

3rd  

Friday

pm

Pine

Group 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

December

6th

Monday

pm

Willow

Group 1

 

8th

Wednesday

am

Sycamore

Group 2

 

10th

Friday

pm

Pine

Group 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

December

13th

Monday

pm

Willow

Group 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forest School parent information leaflet Autumn 2020

Fun at The Spinney!

What is Forest Schools?

Forest Schools originated in Denmark in the 1950s, and is based on the principle that children of all ages can benefit greatly from the learning opportunities inherently present in a woodland environment.

In the early 1990s the idea was brought to Somerset by Bridgewater College and its Nursery, and was very successful. Some Local Authorities such as Oxfordshire started to use some ideas in 1990s and it has spread!  We have had a programme in operation here at The Grove since 1999, first with Early Years, and now with all of our classes.

Forest Schools provides opportunities in an outdoor setting for children to develop a variety of skills: particularly PSHE skills such as independence, self discovery, communication, self esteem and confidence building.  Children learn to take risks, use their initiatives and co-operate. Beyond this, teachers can use the outdoor environment as a vehicle for art activities, key science concepts, developing physical skills and a whole lot more!

 As a famous educator of small children Margaret McMillan once said, ‘the best classroom and the richest cupboard are roofed only by the sky’.

In a typical session there may be an adult led activity, but the ethos of Forest Schools also allows time for children to follow their own learning pathways and interests and adults then support them in their learning

 

What do we do?
Every time we go to the woods, then children engage in some or all of the following:

  • Check what they need to remember to stay safe
  • Take responsibility for getting ready and carrying the gear
  • Walk up the path, looking at the natural environment
  • Reach the wood and see what is the same and what has changed
  • Have snack (particularly Nursery and Reception)
  • Establish a boundary that suits everyone
  • Play a game that teaches them to come when called.
  • Choose what to do – an adult led activity and free play
  • Freedom and following their interests
  • Risk taking under supervision
  • Get together to share their experiences
  • Tidy up
  • Walk back

 

Staff undertake a site risk assessment, and where appropriate an activity risk assessment.  There are systems in place for first aid and staff have clear processes to follow should there be any kind of emergency.

 

Adult led activities might include:

Mud pies and tree spirits

Using ropes

Climbing low level branches

Looking at nature, and representing changes in some way

Camouflage – colour and shape

Shelter building

Collections

 

Any questions, please ask!

Top