EYFS at Kenton's Wood
What is Forest School?
Forest School was a learning approach originated in Scandinavia in the early 1900s as a method of teaching children using the natural world. Forest School sessions are pupil led and take place in Kenton's Wood, which is located just behind the school. Coming to Kenton's Wood regularly develops children’s independence and self- confidence. They learn how to solve problems and overcome difficulties such as feeling cold, getting muddy, and how to care for our very important, slimy, wriggly creatures!
Forest School Principles
We will keep ourselves safe.
We will keep each other safe.
We will look after the Forest.
When is Forest School for EYFS?
Every Friday afternoon in Autumn 2, Spring 1,2 and Summer 1,2
First session is 1/11/19
Family events will be included throughout the year, where parents, guardians and grandparents can join in and find out what the children have been learning, making and discovering.
Forest School takes place in all weathers except high winds.
What will the children need?
Every Friday your child will need to bring some old warm clothes including socks which they can get changed into plus wellies or sturdy boots and old waterproof jacket and a hat.
Please note: These items are likely to get muddy so don’t send anything new.
What will the children do?
Activities will include :-
Making dens, cooking on a camp-fire, learning how to tie knots, using tools, science and maths investigations and observations, foraging for wild fruits, natural art, wood craft, tree-climbing and role-play.
Health and Safety
EYFS Reception class sessions will be led by Mr Claxton, Level 3 Forest School Leader, Outdoor First-Aid Trained. There are no more than 10 children in a group and there are at least 3 adults supervising each session. The FS leader is fully trained in risk assessment.
Photographs will be taken during the sessions for use in our Forest School photograph albums, EYFS learning journeys, school website, social media and assemblies.
We will let you know about groups and specific dates via class letter, newsletters and Class Dojo.
If you have any questions or concerns at all about your child attending Forest School please contact your Class Teacher or Mr Claxton.