‘The Best Kind of Classroom’
by Ian MacMillan
‘This is the best kind of classroom,
It’s a journey through time and space,
From the smallest seed to the largest tree,
This is a forest and a learning place.
This is the best kind of classroom,
Where the seasons don’t happen in books.
Where the learning is watching and thinking and talking
And everyone looks.’
At Stourport Primary Academy, the children have the opportunity to attend our on site Forest School. Our Forest School leader is Mrs J Knight.
Forest School is an excellent way to develop the children’s self esteem, confidence, independence and their understanding and respect for their outside environment. Forest School is an opportunity for the children to experience nature and the outdoor environment in a safe, secure and hands on way. For those children who learn better practically they have greater level of success than in a traditional classroom.
Children are given the opportunity to use a wide range of resources both natural and man-made. Although Forest School leaders will plan specific activities, the children are encouraged to choose how they wish to use them within their Forest School session so that they can lead their own learning.
Activities which the children complete during a Forest School session, may include map making, mini beast hunting, mud painting, collecting and sorting and den building.
For more information about Forest Schools in Great Britain and elsewhere, please visit the following links:-
Some Significant Aspects and Values of Forest School
Learning is play based and as far as possible, child initiated and child led.
We go out in all but the most extreme weather.
Appropriate risk taking is encouraged.
There is a ritual or event that signals the beginning and end of each session.
Research into the effect of Forest School shows that children develop:-
A positive attitude to learning
Independence and personal confidence
Language and communication skills
A range of physical skills
Increased social and emotional maturity
A greater understanding of their environment