By participating in engaging, motivating and achievable tasks and activities in a woodland environment, each participant has an opportunity to develop intrinsic motivation, sound emotional and social skills. These, through self-awareness, can be developed to reach personal potential.
A Charford child will learn:
• about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others.
• to use tools, take risks, play, learn boundaries of behaviour; both physical and social, establish and grow in confidence, self-esteem and become self-motivated.
At Charford First School, our Forest School site is situated in the school grounds. It is a safe area of woodland with grassy areas where flora and fauna can be observed.
The natural environment provides a wealth of opportunity to expand children’s learning through multi-sensory, exploration, experimentation and adult supervised play.
Forest School is supervised by a trained Forest School leader who encourages the children to explore all aspects of the natural world. The high adult to child ratio means children can safely experience a varied range of activities. The children are set a challenge or problem to solve at the start of the session. Some of these challenges can be 1:1 with an adult if using woodwork tools, or it can involve a team of children solving a problem.
Lots of activities that can be done at home.