Norbriggs Primary School uses the natural outdoor woodland area to offer the children an insight into the Forest School ethos. This approach to outdoor learning encourages children to become independent, use their imagination, take appropriate risks within boundaries and initiate learning for themselves. Forest School is a holistic approach to learning, incorporating children’s individuality and develops their skills for lifelong learning. It can cover all six areas of learning, including the emotional and spiritual aspects of learning where self-esteem and self-confidence can grow and positive relationships with peers can be formed. Forest School explores the outdoors and the natural environment with practical, useful activities all year round. It develops peer learning with the adults providing support and enabling activities to take place. The child’s interest will be at the heart of any activity.
Children in Forest Schools this term have been working hard to complete tasks as part of a team. These have included crossing the swamp, capture the flag and parachute games.
They have worked together to learn how to tie clove hitch knots and used lashings to make picture frames and dream catchers. They have also built mini dens for woodland elf. Children have also been making woodland arts and crafts such as pine cone owls and natural bookmarks. The children are having a great time learning new skills in the outdoor environment.