Brixworth Primary School is committed to giving children the opportunity to learn in the outdoor environment. We believe that taking learning outside is good for promoting children's self-esteem, well-being, behaviour, co-operative learning and problem solving. These skills feedback positively into the classroom.
We are introducing the Forest School concept, which builds on the natural instinct for children to learn and explore. It offers opportunities for children to make choices for their own learning and take and manage risks. Development of these skills encourages positive attitudes and behaviour.
The sessions are not activity based but instead are led by the interests of the children taking part. Children will enjoy experiences such as building shelters, woodland craftwork, telling stories, climbing trees and hunting for minibeasts. As Forest School develops within our school woodland tools can be introduced to extend learning and provide new opportunities for risk management.
The concept was developed in Scandinavia, and operates on the principle that children of all ages benefit from the learning opportunities present in a woodland environment. They found that by taking the majority of their learning outdoors, whatever the weather, their children became resilient, confident and independent learners.
We are gradually filtering the Forest School experience throughout the whole school giving opportunities for all children to participate in the forest school activities.
If your child takes part in Forest School please ensure they have all of the correct kit in school on the right day - it is all for their own safety and they may not be able to take part without it.
- Sturdy boots or wellies
- Waterproof trousers and waterproof coat
- Hats and gloves (in the cooler months)