Here at Walton, we have four qualified Level 3 Forest School Practitioners. All are accredited by the Forest School Association (FSA). The children learn a wealth of skills in the outdoors, come rain or shine! Some of the benefits of Forest school work are team building, resilience, determination and of course appreciating and enjoying nature.
All children at Walton experience Forest school sessions in our amazing Spinney and pond areas around school. Children will receive three half terms per year of Forest School afternoons. They are very lucky to have this quality time dedicated to Forest School and learning in the outdoors throughout the year!
We have been recognised by The National Forest as one of their Champion Schools. They were very impressed by the outdoor learning opportunities that we provide to all of our children and we are regularly involved in supporting their projects and other school sessions.
The Forest School Association describes Forest School as;
‘a child-centred inspirational learning process, that offers opportunities for holistic growth through regular sessions. It is a long-term program that supports play, exploration and supported risk taking. It develops confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting.‘
The philosophy of Walton Forest School is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences. Children will be encouraged to discover, explore, observe and question what they find in the woods. Sessions are child led, but may have a theme which can be linked to the National Curriculum.
Forest Schools will aim to develop;
… play, make and build shelters, slide down a mud slide, explore tracks, lay trails, cook on an open fire, create art, climb, pond dipping, develop an understanding of the properties of earth, wood, clay, water and stone, find wildlife, understand eco-systems, explore with their senses, use simple hand tools to make wooden objects, join in games, enjoy hot chocolate, biscuits, fruit, stories and songs, spend time with friends, peers and adults, ………………….. in all weathers and in all seasons.
The only weather types which would lead to the cancellation of a session would be high winds and electrical storms. Check out our school twitter account to follow regular Forest School updates & photos.
It’s really important that your child is warm and dry during Forest School sessions. Children will get muddy & wet, so bring an old set of clothes to get changed into before we enter the woodland area. Puddle suits for younger children are ideal. The below is a guide but please also read in conjunction with the Forest School leaflet ‘Information for families’.
In cold weather children will need;
In warm weather children will need light , cool clothing;