At Heatherside Juniors, we are extremely fortunate to have extensive grounds and outdoor space and a member of staff (Mrs Braybrook, one of our Learning Support Assistants who also runs our Outdoor Club) who is able to offer Forest Schools learning and opportunities on our school site. Forest Schools is a nationally recognised approach to learning and can only be delivered by adults who have undertaken and completed extensive training.
The aim of the program is to give children engaging, interesting and attainable tasks in the school’s natural on-site woodland setting. As well as developing a better understanding of the natural world, children work with tools; manage risk; and take part in team building games. The sessions are based on a whole child learning experience, very much an holistic approach to help develop key life skills. Forest School activities help them to develop confidence in their own abilities; build resilience; and improve their social and communication skills. The aim is for these learnt skills to become a great foundation for their future academic achievement and personal development.