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Forest School Timetable Summer 2021

April

20th

Tuesday

am

Chestnut

Group 1

 

 

 

pm

Maple

Group 1

 

21st

Wednesday

am

Lime

Group 1

 

 

 

pm

Beech

Group 1

 

 

 

pm

Willow

Group 1

 

22nd

Thursday

am

Sycamore

Group 1

 

 

 

am

Nursery

Ladybirds

 

 

 

pm

Nursery

Ladybirds

 

 

 

 

 

 

April

27th

Tuesday

am

Chestnut

Group 2

 

 

 

pm

Maple

Group 2

 

28th

Wednesday

am

Lime

Group 2

 

 

 

pm

Beech

Group 2

 

 

 

pm

Willow

Group 2

 

29th

Thursday

am

Sycamore

Group 2

 

 

 

am

Nursery

Ladybirds

 

 

 

pm

Nursery

Ladybirds

 

 

 

 

 

 

May

4th

Tuesday

pm

Ash

Group 1

 

5th

Wednesday

pm

Oak

Group 1

 

6th

Thursday

am

Nursery

Ladybirds

 

 

 

pm

Nursery

Ladybirds

 

7th

Friday

pm

Pine

Group 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

May

11th

Tuesday

pm

Ash

Group 2

 

12th

Wednesday

pm

Oak

Group 2

 

13th

Thursday

am

Nursery

Butterflies

 

 

 

pm

Nursery

Butterflies

 

14th

Friday

pm

Pine

Group 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

May

20th

Thursday

am

Nursery

Butterflies

 

 

 

pm

Nursery

Butterflies

Half Term 31.5 – 4.6

June

10th

Thursday

am

Nursery

Butterflies

 

 

 

pm

Nursery

Butterflies

 

11th

Friday

pm

Pine

Group 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

June

15th

Tuesday

am

Chestnut

Group 1

 

 

 

pm

Maple

Group 1

 

16th

Wednesday

am

Lime

Group 1

 

 

 

pm

Oak

Group 1

 

17th

Thursday

am

Sycamore

Group 1

 

 

 

am

Nursery

Ladybirds

 

 

 

pm

Nursery

Ladybirds

 

18th

Friday

pm

Pine

Group 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

June

22nd

Tuesday

am

Chestnut

Group 2

 

 

 

pm

Maple

Group 2

 

23rd

Wednesday

am

Lime

Group 2

 

 

 

pm

Oak

Group 2

 

24th

Thursday

am

Sycamore

Group 2

 

 

 

am

Nursery

Butterflies

 

 

 

pm

Nursery

Butterflies

 

 

 

 

 

 

June

29th

Tuesday

pm

Ash

Group 1

 

30th

Wednesday

pm

Beech

Group 1

 

 

 

pm

Willow

Group 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

July

6th

Tuesday

pm

Ash

Group 2

 

7th

Wednesday

pm

Beech

Group 2

 

 

 

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!

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