Forest Schools is a long term programme run by specially trained professionals designed to build children's confidence, self-esteem and independence skills.
Like the foundation stage, Forest School is child led, so although there is always a plan and a theme for each session, the outcome for each child is dependent on them, their interests, needs and confidence levels.
Each session always starts with some games, includes a story linked to the session theme, teaches a new skill, builds on previously learned skills and has lots of time for the children to be creative.
There are no obvious time limits, the session flows naturally and is very active. Children may choose to work in different ways - on their own, with a partner or in a small group.
We are very lucky at Strathmore Infant and Nursery School as we have extensive grounds that include two small wooded areas. The children are able to access anywhere on the school grounds at Forest School apart from the grassed area by the allotments and class gardens. This enables them to make their own decisions, gives them plenty of space to spread out and explore parts of the grounds independently.
Children in years 1 & 2 participate in Forest School on a fortnightly rota, no matter what the weather, and so they will need to be appropriately dressed. Have a look on the class pages to see photos of all the exciting things we do.
At Strathmore our Forest School Leader and qualified practitioner is Mrs Sarah Bassett, who works with class teachers and support staff and provides training.