Forest School at Binley Woods
We have been really pleased to be able to roll out Forest School provision for Key Stage 1 from October 2018. Reception continue to do weekly 'Little Wood Work' and now Year 1 and Year 2 have weekly Forest School sessions with our new Forest School Leader Mr Kayne Mann.
From September 2019 each KS2 class will take part in Forest School as well. They will work through a seven week unit of work which is progressive and builds on their knowledge and understanding of the natural world, ecosystems, environmental issues and enable them to apply core learning skills in a context that challenges them to extend themselves and each other. We also want to develop within each child a love of their local environment, specifically the woods so that they are motivated to look after it for future generations.
Forest School is an inspirational process, which offers our learners opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in the natural environment within our school grounds and in Brandon Wood which is adjacent to the school.
At Forest School all participants are viewed as:
Forest School aims to foster a relationship with nature through regular personal experiences in order to develop long-term, environmentally sustainable attitudes and practices in staff, learners and the wider community (Forest School at Binley Woods involves parents and The Friends of Brandon Wood).
March 2018 Blog
Development of Forest School at Binley Woods
We are currently working with Friends of Brandon Wood to develop a site for us to extend our provision form outdoor learning in the woods. Here is our blog on our journey to become a Forest School.
Learning in the woods adjacent to our school has always been very important to us at Binley Woods Primary School. We regularly use the woods for nature walks, cross country running, art work and so on. Our youngest children go into the woods every week to explore, solve problems, tell stories and be close to the natural world.
Ms Wilson is currently working to complete her Forest School Leader training and this will enable us to make plans for further Forest School Work. Friends of Brandon Woods have also been so supportive of our endeavours to become a Forest School and have cleared a space and created a seating area in Brandon Wood for our young learners to take part in Forest School work.
They have also supported us with some funding so that we can get the project up and running, Their financial support has helped us to purchase equipment and new outdoor clothing for the children so that we can run Forest School all year round. Huge thanks to them - we really value working in partnership with them to develop our children's love of the woods, which we hope will help protect the woods into the future.