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Image result for tree clipartAbout Forest School

Here at Dovedale, we are developing a Forest School within our school grounds to give children the unique opportunity of experiencing first hand, play and learning in a controlled outdoor environment.

 

Forest School is the name for an approach to educating children in the outdoors on a regular basis. This work will support the main curriculum and will have emphasis on raising children’s self-esteem, independence and confidence. Learners are entitled to experience appropriate risk and challenge. They are also entitled to initiate and drive their own learning and development.

 

We have a qualified Level 3 Forest School Practitioner who delivers Forest School to Years 1 to 6 with each year group taking part for one half-term during the year. 

 

Image result for tree clipartAims

We believe everyone should:

  • Have regular access to a natural environment
  • Have a safe environment to succeed, create, use and apply skills
  • Learn through self-directed play and exploration
  • Develop their curiosity, self-esteem and creativity
  • Develop a knowledge of the natural environment and ability to assess risk
  • Have an opportunity to understand and respect the natural world around them

 

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Our main objectives are to produce confident and capable children who:

  • Are independent and resourceful
  • Are happy and care for each other
  • Do lots of outdoor physical activity
  • Are gaining confidence and improving their practical skills
  • Have good ideas and like to find out new things
  • Can make choices and take responsibility
  • Know when it is safe to take risks
  • Understands, take care of and appreciates the natural environment

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Here are some of the children's responses to taking part in Forest School this year (2019 - 2020).

 

Izaak "It's a magical experience"

Tobin "One of the best experiences outside of the classroom"

Lottie "Amazing fun experience, getting out of the classroom and enjoying the wildlife"

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