We believe that Forest School at St. Mary’s reflects our Mission Statement: A Christ-centred school with a child-centred curriculum, along with the Forest School Ethos: Forest School is an inspirational process that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to develop confidence and achieve self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a local woodland or natural environment with trees.
We endeavour at all times to provide an environment where children begin to thrive in natural surroundings, enjoying preferred activities - be that learning a new woodland skill, taking time out to talk to a friend or exploring the plant and animal life around them. Children gain confidence and self-esteem at Forest School through learning to assess and take risks safely and being given opportunities to make choices, either independently or as a small group.
- the calming effect on children who find the classroom situation difficult to handle
the moment to shine for a child who is practically very able but academically less so
the pleasure of being covered in mud for the first time
the enjoyment of the freedom to play a self-initiated game with a group of friends in a natural setting with improvised ‘toys’.
The in-house Forest School team is passionate about what it delivers and excited about what Forest School at St. Mary’s will continue to facilitate and achieve in the future.