Forest School at Long Row
"The only roof is the sky"
Long Row Primary are enjoying mud, wood and bush
craft fun in our
on site Willow Woods.
Our Forest School qualified practitioners are Mrs Hartley and Mrs Lenham
Forest schools originated in Scandinavia and was introduced into Britain in 1993 when staff from Bridgwater College visited kindergartens in Scandinavia. The staff were inspired by how pre-school children developed their skills in an outdoor, woodland environment. When they returned to Britain Bridgwater College began to develop what is now known as Forest Schools and are now successfully led all over the country.
Our Ethos at Long Row is to ensure that all children are given the opportunity to achieve and develop their confidence and self-esteem by exploring their natural environment through hands on experiential learning.
We feel that Forest Schools is about bringing children outdoors and allowing them the freedom to use their imagination and creativity in ways they may have not done before. Forest Schools is child led, aiming to develop their confidence and encourage an empathy with nature.
Forest Schools is beneficial to children of all ages from nursery to secondary pupils and particularly children and young adults with special needs.
The Benefits of Forest School are for the children to express themselves through a variety of activities. Helping to improve motor skills, encourage independence, decision making and team building, enabling children to learn in their own way. Forest School sessions will involve all children over a period of time. The sessions will be run in small groups, visiting our outdoor area on a weekly basis.
They will experience child led activities in a safe environment were they have the freedom to explore a varied range of projects eg- Bush craft skills, crafts, den building, observing wildlife and problem solving. The session will also involve a snack time, free play and games. The session will come to a close with time to reflect on their adventure in Willow Woods.
Safety is of the utmost importance in Forest Schools sessions. They will be led by qualified Forest School practitioners who have a three year first aid certificate. Risk assessments will be in place for the site area, activities and tool use. An emergency procedure policy will be available to all staff and helpers involved in Forest Schools.
The children will need to have suitable outdoor footwear, warm layers, warm trousers, a hat and gloves and waterproof clothing if wet. In Sunny, hot weather please bring a sun hat and sun cream.