Forest School is a unique and inspirational learning approach that offers children of all ages and abilities regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment. Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those
involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners, as well as offering opportunities to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves. This approach fully supports our aims, ethos and vision at Kelloe Primary School.
At Kelloe Primary School, children are valued as individuals and experience high-quality learning, which is dynamic, imaginative and creative. All learning is relevant to the children’s lives and encourages strong home-school links. Through stimulating teaching methods and resources, pupils are encouraged to take risks and to challenge themselves. All children are supported to develop a deeper understanding of self, enabling them to grow into responsible embers of society.
o Provide an environment, which is stimulating and secure
o Encourage social, spiritual and moral development whilst promoting caring and co-operative attitudes
o Help children to become effective communicators
o Develop self-reliance, self-motivation, self-confidence and self-esteem
o Help children achieve a wide experience and knowledge
o Encourage pupils to learn to value and be valued as individuals
o Promote good behaviour within agreed and understood rules
Purpose/Aims of Wild at Heart
- To provide children with regular experiences which encourage an appreciation, awareness and knowledge of the natural environment.
- To develop as effective communicators and team players, working collaboratively and cooperatively in groups and to respect each other.
- To promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners through the setting of small achievable tasks.
- To assess and take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
Thus creating a learning community where deep-level learning and progression are the norm.
For more information, read our Forest School Policy