Forest School at Mary Towerton gives our pupils the opportunity to learn, play and develop skills in a natural, outdoor setting helping them gain confidence in their own abilities. We feel proud to be able to offer this valuable learning experience as part of our curriculum.
Our three Forest School Golden Rules are:
care for yourself
care for each other
care for the environment
Developed originally in Scandinavia, Forest Schools came to the United Kingdom in the 1990s. Mary Towerton has joined many other schools across the country in becoming a Forest School and research has shown the benefits have been widespread, both in and out the classroom. These include:
• social skills
• language and communication
• physical skills (fine motor and gross)
• knowledge and understanding
Our site is in Bottom Wood and we would like to thank the Chilterns Society who are working with us on this venture. Children walk to this site on a regular basis and are able to explore, discover, work together and discover their creativity. Activities may include shelter building, den-making, woodland art, cooking on a small campfire, working with hand tools and learning/using knots. This is in addition to following their own interests within the setting. Observations from these sessions can be fed back to the classroom to help support children’s learning and future curriculum planning.
Adult support and supervision is available at all times, however we do encourage children to develop independence and make their own choices. We are close by to provide guidance when necessary or intervene should safety become compromised. (In addition to being a trained Forest School Leader, Mrs Huby-Green has also completed her Outdoor Paediatric First Aid certificate). High visibility jackets are worn to and from the site.
What to wear:
Children should bring wellington boots, thick socks (as wellies are not that warm), a spare set of clothes comprising of a long-sleeved top, trousers, a warm layer (eg a jumper/fleece top) and a hat/gloves for the winter months – or a sunhat for the summer. They should also have a spare set of socks as their feet always seem to get muddy – even with wellington boots! We supply the waterproof jackets and dungarees.
In order to run Forest School we really need your help. Please speak to Mrs Huby-Green if you are able to join us for any of the sessions.
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