Forest School

All pupils at Grange Academy will be offered the opportunity to participate in ‘Forest School’ activities.

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What is Forest School?

The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences.

It is an inspirational process, that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment setting.

At Grange, we have a designated area, which comprises a woodland area, orchard and willow dome but also use other parts of the school grounds from time to time.

Whilst taking part in these sessions, children have the opportunity to learn about the natural world, develop practical skills, such as stick carving and fire lighting, and explore and play in their woodland setting.

That setting changes with the seasons and the children are out whatever the weather! 

Why Forest School at Grange?

Children learn best from first hand experiences including exploring, playing and discovery using a range of activities which are both designed by the Forest School leader and instigated by the children themselves.

Forest School aims to build a sense of independence, increase self-esteem and foster teamwork, as well as encourage an understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

Our pupils will be learning through discovery in areas such as:

  • Mathematic development (counting natural objects; sorting shapes, colours and sizes; measuring; problem solving and calculating; pattern making and recognising)
  • Physical development (spatial awareness; balancing; negotiating obstacles; use of tools; games and healthy exercise outside)
  • Personal, social and emotional development (build self-esteem; independence; co-operation; team work and self-confidence; respect for living things; sharing experiences with peers and adults; building understanding of health and safety)
  • Literacy and listening skills (listening to and following instructions; discussing findings; new vocabulary; sharing ideas; story telling; songs and rhymes; mark making in the mud; keeping a diary)
  • Scientific understanding (investigating all the natural flora and fauna in the woodland; investigating whether; predicting and experimenting; mapping; growing things; using senses to learn about materials, textures, changes etc.)
  • Creativity (dancing; music making; picture making using natural materials; Mud painting; role play and imaginative play).

There will also be opportunities for den building, fire making and using tools!

Grange Academy is a Unicef Gold Rights Respecting School and Gold Artsmark School. Ofsted rated ‘Good with outstanding leadership’ (July 2017).
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