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Forest School

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We are excited to be able to offer Forest School sessions in our established grounds, through Jenny Flude, one of our Learning Support Assistants, based in FS2.

Jenny is a level 3 trained Forest School leader and an Approved Practitioner with The Therapeutic Forest.  She is trained to deliver a Woodcraft for Wellbeing programme; has studied with the Therapy Adventure; completed an Advanced Forest School and Outdoor Learning Certificate and is currently studying for an MA in Education with a focus on the impact of outdoor learning and forest school.

Classes in FS2, Year 1 and Year 2 all have a morning or afternoon out in our spinney once a week.

Within the Forest School sessions, the children are provided with possibilities to support:

  • their understanding of the world around them
  • physical development (fine and gross motor skills)
  • practicing natural art
  • the use of simple tools
  • trying their hand at den building
  • using hammocks and slackline
  • games

Jenny’s training through The Therapeutic Forest enables these sessions to support and recognise learner needs with a strategic focus in promoting positive mental health.  The sessions foster a sense of wellbeing, supporting confidence and self-esteem.  Each year group is offered seasonal activity possibilities, making the most of the time of year – learning about the trees in our wonderful spinney; trying our hand at tool work; cooking on the fire; team games and natural art.

In addition, Jenny offers a popular after school Forest School club for the upper year groups and we are also delighted to be able to offer Family Forest School sessions to our Whitehills families.

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