From humble beginnings
Forest School began at St. Mary’s in the autumn term of 2014. Our site was overgrown and had remained untouched for many years. We worked hard to clear it for pathways to be made and to make the site safe.
Last year our Year 3 pupils began Forest School in the autumn term accessing it on a weekly basis throughout the whole year. We celebrated this with an invitation to parents and grand-parents to take part in a session with their child for the morning.
Here are some of the comments we received in the feedback from our parents:
“I enjoyed bonding with the little fella, seeing his face light up when he saw me there. Keep going as you are…kids seem to love it”
“I enjoyed watching how confident and enthusiastic the children were.”
“It’s great! It gets the children outside which is so important in young children. It encourages an interest in nature, teamwork, building and making things. It is very inclusive for my child.”
“The whole session was brilliant. I enjoyed cross the circle. Could there be more than one session a week.”
“Seeing the children really putting everything into all of the games and both teachers joining in fully with the children.”
“I think it has been a fantastic idea. My son loves being outside and excels at things outdoors, although he is quiet in the classroom which can worry me. I know he is extremely confident outside and this is really good for him. It is a nice idea that they make their own decisions and they see the consequences. I think it is a brilliant opportunity which is different to academic work”
“I really enjoy it because we have juice and biscuits. I like working outside with my friends. I like getting dirty” – Jacob
“My favourite thing that we did at forest school was when we built a skeleton with sticks. I learnt to use some tools that was great. Next I would like to make a forest picture with woodland things” – Scarlett
“I love Forest School. I wish it was every day!” – Helena
Parents Session Summer 2015
Autumn Session 2016