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Forest School

Forest School is a unique way of building independence and self-esteem in young children, exposing them to the natural world at a time when it is vital for children to understand their impact on the environment. It is a child-centred and child-led programme that provides the opportunity for the children to use their personal learning style to complete various activities.

Forest School is an opportunity for the children at New Swannington to safely have new, creative experiences in the outdoor environment. Children will have opportunities to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others.

Through purposeful and careful planning of Forest School experiences, we strive to increase self-esteem, improve children’s concentration, attendance, behaviour and academic achievement. 

We aim to foster a love and respect for the natural world through stimulating natural learning experiences, inspiring children to value biodiversity and develop a strong understanding of how to promote environmental sustainability. The children will experience a minimum of six consecutive sessions in the Forest School in order to immerse themselves in nature and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the flora, fauna and living things that surrounds them in their local environment. The Forest School space will be utilised all year round, with lessons adapted to compliment the ever-changing conditions, resources and challenges of the natural world through the seasons.

We have two very enthusiastic and highly qualified Forest School Practitioners, Mrs Uzzell and Mrs  Heathcote who lead our Forest School. 

Forest School is a firm favourite with all of our children, regardless of their key stage, as they enjoy a wide variety of activities from tree climbing, bug hunting, making fires and den building. 

If you have any questions about Forest School at New Swannington please contact the school office.