Forest School is a unique educational experience and process that offers children the opportunity to succeed and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland environment.
Forest School sessions provide children with the opportunity to explore and experience the natural world through practical activities in the outdoors, which will in return help, promote confidence, independence and self esteem.
Forest School at Bamburgh
We have some great plans around our own Forest School and work is already underway on this exciting project for Bamburgh.
The story so far…
Miss Henderson is currently training to be a Level 3 Forest School Leader. She is hoping to eventually lead groups in both Primary and Secondary phases in Forest School sessions.
Miss Henderson is also starting to develop a Forest School area on the top half of the school field from and alongside the MUGA. This will be ongoing for the next 3 years.
30 Silver Birch trees have already been planted around what will be the fire pit area. Shrubs including palms and cordylines have recently been planted in between the trees. Smaller trees including fruit trees have also been planted in the Nature Area along with bird feeders that have already been set up. A bug hotel is also being developing for this area.
For the Sensory Area a herb garden will be grown in pallets and planted by the senior children completing their ASDAN qualification. Wind chimes and spinners have also been hung in the trees.
A Den Building area has also been created with some children building dens from sticks and logs. A large teepee from bamboo canes was constructed with a group of children from Hawthorn class. This will be positioned into place and will have climbers and plants growing up this to form a natural den.
A mix of large Alder, Hornbeam and Cherry trees have also been planted on the field alongside some small colourful shrubs. Lots more of these will be planted shortly.
The path has been laid and the meadow area has also been cut out by the grass cutter; this has made it a lot easier to picture the whole forest school site and what it will eventually look like.
A very tame racing pigeon visited the site and stayed for a few days. We think it may have lost its way after the bad weather a few weeks ago. We also have a friendly Forest School cat which visits the site regularly.