Next Friday, 8th October, is National Forest School Day. We will have a non uniform day with a theme of wearing woodland colours or camouflaged clothing. Hopefully, as many children as possible will be able to spend some time in our woodland.
Over the next 18 months we will work towards becoming a Forest School and will be further developing our amazing woodland space. This will enable us to use the woodland much more and in all weathers.
Children will continue to develop vital skills of resilience, empathy, team building, co operation and sharing, negotiation and problem solving. They will gain a deeper understanding of our precious natural world and the importance of nurturing and caring for it. Core subjects can also be integrated into outdoor learning, giving children a safe environment where they can build confidence and learn through exploration and play.
Spending time in green spaces and experiencing nature has been shown to greatly improve mental health and well being, while reducing stress and improving self esteem.
Nature soothes, restores and heals.
The need for nature has never been greater.
It is hoped that we will also hold sessions for parents so that they too can experience the benefits of Forest School.
Our Forest School non uniform day next Friday will be the first fund raising event with funds raised going towards the installation of the woodland shelter, similar to the one below. Please remember to wear woodland colours and bring £1 to school.
Don't forget, we are hoping to re name our outdoor learning area....can you think of a name?