Forest Schools continues the ethos of an already nurturing environment within Whaley Thorns Primary School and provides inclusion for all children. Forest Schools encourages children to develop their communication and social skills, alongside developing resilience, independence and perseverance outside of the classroom environment. Each week the children will engage in team building activities where they must work in pairs or groups to complete their tasks, through working together it will help support their self–esteem, boost their confidence and emotional well-being which can then be transferred back into school life. Praise and encouragement are in abundance from both peers and adults throughout each session.
The Forest Schools at Whaley Thorns is lead by Mrs Langrick, alongside other teaching staff. Mrs Langrick is a fully qualified Level 3 Forest Schools Practitioner.
Who takes part in Forest Schools?
Throughout the whole year our EYFS class take part in a whole afternoon of Forest Schools each week.
Our Children Year 1 and Year 3 children take part in Forest Schools 3 terms out of 6. We alternate the terms so that the children can experience a range of weathers and changes in the seasons.
Term 1 - Year 1
Term 2 - Year 3
Term 3 - Year 1
Term 4 - Year 3
Term 5 - Year 1
Term 6 - Year 3
Our Year 5 and 6 class take part in shorter, weekly Forest Schools sessions.
This pattern is repeated each year so that over a child;s school career, they have plenty of opportunities for lots of exciting outdoor learning.