What is forest school?
For all of you wondering 'What actually is forest school?' Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and complements the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.
At Heartwood Forest School all participants are viewed as:
The Forest School ethos has six principles
These principles are:
Heartwood Forest School at Swaffham CE VC Infant and Nursery School
At Swaffham CE VC Infant and Nursery School all the children take part in a weekly Forest School session, where their learning takes place outside in our wonderful, environmentally rich, onsite woodland setting. This enables the children experience and connect with nature.
The children will achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences, trying more risky activities such as tree climbing, building fires, using real tools and den building.
This term our school value is Compassion and this can be found throughout our time in Heartwood Forest School. The children are learning to support each other if they are struggling, from climbing, digging or just socially building strong friendships.
Clothing for Forest School
As we're heading into Autumn/Winter we wanted to remind you about what clothing will be best for your children.
We encourage children to dress themselves into their forest school clothing and help where necessary.
Please provide clothing so that your children are able, to the best they can, dress independently.
If your child has forest school in the morning please can you make sure they are Forest School ready with waterproofs and wellies already on when they arrive at school. Please bring a change of shoes for when they come back into school.
'There's no bad weather, just bad clothing'
Due to the nature of the activities OLD CLOTHES are a necessity and parents/carers need to understand your child/children will get dirty!!
The key to keeping warm in Autumn/Winter time is lots of thin layers!!!!
When does my child have Forest School?
|Morning session||Afternoon session|
|Monday||Rabbit class||Badger class|
|Tuesday||No Forest School||No Forest School|
|Wednesday||Foxes class||Squirrel class|
|Thursday||Deer class||Hedgehog class|
|Friday||Mouse class||Mouse class|
'Teaching children the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives' - Thomas Berry
'Look deep, deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better' - Einstein