Through regular Forest School sessions we instill a love of the great outdoors. Inspirational, stimulating, hands on experiences develop self esteem, confidence and responsibility. The use of the outdoor setting, the various real tools and the natural resources bring learning to life, creating an understanding of the balance of nature and the finite resources around us. Working as a team to solve problems fosters communication and negotiation skills and through taking informed, self-calculated risks and choices, children learn to ensure their own and others' safety, developing sympathy and empathy towards the group around them.
Newburgh CE Primary School uses they outdoor area to contribute to the development of independent, confident, responsible learners through providing children with experience of Forest School ethos. Forest School is a holistic approach to learning, responding to children's individuality and nurturing skills for lifelong learning. Outdoor learning fosters children's independence and interdependence, resilience, appropriate risk taking and self-motivated learning. Forest School explores the natural environment with practical, useful activities all year round, with knowledgeable, well trained practitioners facilitating and supporting learning.
Forest School sessions always have a learning focus which are linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum and might include activities such as whittling wood, map reading, transitional art, creating a fire pit, storytelling, den building and bird watching.
Every Friday afternoon our Reception and Nursery children take part in Forest School. Years 1 and 2 join them on alternate weeks. We have exceptional outdoor space here at Newburgh for our children to enjoy fully.
On Friday 1st February we held a special Family Forest School. We were delighted to welcome the family members of our children along with the Mayor of West Lancashire to come and see what we do here during Forest School. These are the photographs of that special event.