Forest School

Our Aims:
At Skelton, we are proud to provide all children, from Nursery to Year Six, the opportunity to investigate and discover the outdoors whilst nurturing meaningful experiences for wellbeing with a life-long impact.

Forest School encourages and develops a wide range of skills, attitudes and competencies. Through weekly outdoor learning sessions our aim is to ensure our children develop a genuine love of nature and the outdoors. Our pupils readily talk about the overwhelmingly positive impact Forest School has on their sense of wellbeing and calm and teachers report the positive impact these learning session can have on pupil’s concentration and motivation in other curriculum areas.

In Early Years:
Forest School sessions enable pupils to engage with nature through a blend of free exploration and guided activities that build knowledge and skills. Through these outdoor sessions children learn important lessons about safety and risk taking, species identification and an introduction to basic shelter building and gardening skills. Children also learn to distinguish between the features of creatures at a young age.

Key Stage One:
As children enter Key Stage One, they will build upon the previously learnt knowledge and skills and will have opportunities to independently create and construct. They also have opportunities to investigate and identify wildlife in the school grounds whilst observing seasonal changes and developing their vocabulary around nature.

Key Stage Two:
At Key Stage Two our children continue to build upon their knowledge and skills whilst learning outdoors. They will develop their skills when building shelters and be able to assess effectiveness of structures, identify a wider range of species and create habitats to support eco systems. Children will begin to experience firepit sessions where they create and attend to a fire safely and take part in fireside cooking activities.

Check out our amazing Forest School activities!

We spent some time investigating the different summer flowers that we could find 🌺🌻 It was made even more special that we were looking at the flowers that have grown from our seed bombs that we made a few months ago 🌱 #SkeltonScience #SkeltonForestSchool

Kingfishers and @owls_skelton had an incredible time today at Gilling Castle! We spent the day exploring different outdoor learning activities, and even learnt how to light our own campfire! 🌿🔥 #SkeltonExtra #SkeltonForestSchool

Making nature paintbrushes this afternoon in the forest 🌳 It was interesting to experiment with different leaves for the ‘brush’, lots of the paintings were much better than Miss Meadows’ well done Woodpeckers 👏🏼🖌 #SkeltonForestSchool

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