Forest School Lead

Miss Plews

Contact: e.plews@swarcliffeprimary.co.uk

Forest Schools

Forest School is a nurture based provision, with wellbeing at its foundation which aims to recognise the social, emotional and physical needs of its participants. Children will engage in learner led exploration and discovery, creating inspired experiences that will foster learning and growth. Forest School aims to nurture meaningful experiences for life long impacts; embracing challenge so that over time, children build character, resilience and empathy, and form a greater sense of connection, with nature and for our shared future.

What Forest School aims to do: 

  • Excite and interest!
  • Create a respect for nature and our environment. (Working closely with the Eco Warriors)
  • Create an open and respectful environment. 
  • Allow children’s voices to be heard and their feelings to be recognised.
  • Create experiences that enrich the senses and stimulate discussion.
  • Allow children to learn through risk and challenge.

Exploring Nature

Gardening Club

Click on the image above to see what our gardeners have been up to. 

Using Tools

Gimlets

Peelers

Saws

Secateurs

Making Things

Tying Knots

Habitat Building

Den Building

Decorating Dens

Christmas Carousel Day

Exploring Senses

Tree Planting with 5/6

Gorillas

Giraffes

Tree Identification

Wolves

Forest School Sessions with Reception

Ladybirds

The children began their session foraging for an object that they liked the feel of. We then discussed our objects and talked about why we chose them. 

We then played the 'It's not a stick' game. The children had to go find a stick and imagine that it is something else. They then had to use their memory to solve some puzzles. 

Finally, the children chose a woodland animal and created a habitat for that animal to live in. 

During our second session, the weather wasn't going to stop us!

Ladybirds loved puddle hunting and jumping in them with their wellies. 

The children enjoyed foraging for natural materials, there were lots of them to collect! 

We then went into our brand new outdoor classroom, where the children used their materials to create their very own characters. 

During session three, they introduced their characters to each other.

They then foraged for materials to build vehicles for them. 

In their final session, the children built buildings/places for their characters.

Butterflies

Suited and booted in their overalls, Butterflies also enjoyed building their very own animal habitats. They also enjoyed jumping in the muddy puddles after the rain!

In their next session, Butterflies really enjoyed seeing our new outdoor classroom. 

They also foraged for materials and made their own characters. 

They were so proud of their creations!

In their third session; after introducing their characters to each other, the children set to work building vehicles for them to go an adventure!

Butterflies enjoyed taking their characters on an adventure and building a place for them to go. 

Tree Planting Day with 3/4

3/4 were visited by the Tree Appeal, along with some representatives from Edding Pens and YPO. We had a brilliant morning and managed to plant around 190 trees on our school grounds.

Forest School Sessions with 1/2

We began each session by foraging for an item that was nice to feel. The children then explained why they chose that item and discussed why they enjoyed touching them. The children then lay down in a circle, closed their eyes and felt their objects. They also had a go at experiencing each others objects too. 

The children then went foraging again for materials that they could use to make something. 

While foraging, the children spotted some mushrooms. We didn't touch them though!

They then used these materials to create their own stick character. 

Willow Archway

The willow archway was looking very overgrown, messy and seemed to look more like a willow corridor than an archway. So we have given it the attention it deserves and given it a make over to create a clear and cosy archway. 

Before

After