At Walford Primary School, we are fortunate to have Miss Bates (Class 4 Teacher) who is a qualified Forest School Leader who ensures that all children experience Forest School education during their time at Walford. Our own Forest School, soon to be enhanced with a Science/Environmental Log Cabin, affords an excellent learning space.
Forest Schools provides a long term, repetitive learning process that uses a natural outdoor space. It is a specific ethos of learning that focuses on processes rather than products and allows learners time and space to develop at their own rate. Learners develop a strong sense of space through repeated contact with the natural world (ideally woodland but not always) in all weathers throughout the year.
Forest Schools empowers children and young people to take responsibility for their own learning and development. The ethos encourages child-led learning and learning through play. Choice increases enjoyment, participation and motivation. Children are set up to achieve and are supported to take appropriate risks through developing trust in themselves and others.
Forest Schools encourages emotional growth, self esteem, confidence and independence. It gives learners time and space to be by themselves, find peace and communicate with others in a safe caring environment. Emotional literacy is an activity practiced by adults and children within the Forest School.
Forest Schools instills a deep respect and awareness for the natural world and reconnects participants to the environment. Connecting with nature allows learners to observe real life, witness cause and effect and consider our roles and responsibilities towards the environment.
Forest Schools promotes learning and development for all ages and abilities and its ethos is fully inclusive. The natural environment provides stimulus for all senses, all areas of development and all learning styles.