The Forest School ethos is based on learning in a natural, outdoors environment to promote confidence and self-esteem and that learning is best achieved through a combination of hands on experiences and expert modelling.
At Shirland Primary School we provide the children taking part in Forest School with an opportunity to regularly visit a natural outdoor environment where they can experience some of the perceived risks needed to build resilience such as playing with sticks, mud and tools, in a way that is carefully managed, but not restricted.
Our Forest School leader is Mrs Rosochacki and holds a level 3 Forest School Practitioner qualification.
In our first session, we had a good explore of the onsite Forest School area. We found old leaves left over from autumn, alder catkins, interesting sticks and a few buds starting to get ready for spring. Then we found the best muddy puddle ever...
Initially, we started off building homes for the Forest School Fairyfolk and minibeasts, collecting sticks, building structures and choosing the best positions and including the new crocus growing threw into the Town Hall. However, we discovered the muddy puddle from last week had become a mud patch, peerfect for writing our names in with sticks. As it was World Book Day, the Very Hungry Caterpillar read their story during hot chocolate and snack time.