Forest School


What is a Forest School and what does it mean at Little Leigh Primary?

What do you do in Forest School?

Outlined below are some of the activities that we do at Forest School at Little Leigh:-

Making stickmen: This gives the children the opportunity to improve craft skills. They can be as creative as they want to be, by decorating their stickman’s head with leaves, grass, berries, sticks etc. This then leads on to making homes within the woods for the stickmen, allowing their design and imaginative ideas to run wild. These activities are ideal for sharpening fine motor skills and stimulating the brain.

Den building: Everyone, young and old, enjoys building dens! Some of the ones created by our children are fantastic looking structures! Den building is usually a group activity which allows for team building and social skills improvement.

One of the main outcomes of den building is that the children learn to manage risk. Some of the dens are built using quite long sticks, so the children have to learn how to move them, and then erect the den, safely and securely. All this encourages co-operative behaviour and taking responsibility.

Fire lighting: The last Forest School session usually ends with everybody sitting around a fire, either toasting marshmallows or baking a cake inside an orange. The children learn to treat fire with respect and how to be safe near fire. As well is learning about the scientific side of fire lighting, and understanding what elements are required to start a fire, they learn to keep a fire going and how to put it out. It’s a great social occasion and brings lots of smiles.

Games: An example of a game we play at Little Leigh is ‘Bat and Moth’. Children form a circle around three other children, one of three is a bat and is blind folded, the other two  represent moths and have their legs tied together because they move slower than the bat. The object of the game is for the bat to tag the moths. The children in the circle act as the bats radar, shouting hotter or colder to help the bat in his task.  As well as being a physical activity that all the children love, they learn all about bats and how they hunt.

Art: We also undertake art projects using natural things we find in the woods. Autumn is a fabulous time for this because of the variety of different colours that are available.  In addition, we will use leaf charts to identify trees from the various leaves thus improving the children’s knowledge of nature.

Review:   We also use the log circle to review and reflect on what activities we’ve been involved with. This is a great way of improving confidence and building on listening and communication skills. Everybody has the opportunity to have their say; even the shyest child will happily tell the group what they have made or constructed in that session.

How does it link to the curriculum?

Mr Coleclough will always try to plan Forest School sessions so they support classroom themes.

Children get an opportunity to increase personal development.  We seek to equip children to be responsible, respectful, active citizens who contribute positively to society. Providing opportunities outdoors that will help build resilience, reflection and team work assist children's mental, emotional and social wellbeing. Children also get a feel good factor being outside and there is lots of research that suggests just walking into a woodland increases serotonin levels.



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Stonewall School champion
Green Tree School Gold Award
School Games Gold Award: 2017-2018
Arts Council England: Artsmark Award
Youth Sports Trust: Silver Quality Mark-2013/2014
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