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 pupilโ€™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!

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! ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ”ฅ #SkeltonExtra #SkeltonForestSchool

Making nature paintbrushes this afternoon in the forest ๐ŸŒณ It was interesting to experiment with different leaves for the โ€˜brushโ€™, lots of the paintings were much better than Miss Meadowsโ€™ well done Woodpeckers ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ–Œ #SkeltonForestSchool

We had so much fun visiting the forest today! All of the recent weather ๐ŸŒง has caused lots of muddy puddles! Obviously we all had to jump in! #SkeltonForestSchool

Ducklings created rubbings in the forest, exploring different textures. Some children decided to use their work to look closely for birds and their nests ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ”ญ #SkeltonForestSchool

Woodpeckers have been busy this afternoon! We began to get our planters ready by weeding and clearing them. We canโ€™t wait to make the school grounds look colourful๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒฟ #SkeltonForestSchool

We were so pleased to find our ice decorations made in the forest had frozen overnight! We decorated our outdoor area with them and watched them melt throughout the day! ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸงŠ #SkeltonForestSchool

Kingfishers had a lovely afternoon pruning, raking and clearing up Forest School this afternoon. We are so lucky to be able to look after such an amazing space!๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿœ #SkeltonForestSchool

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