Forest School is underway at Roman Way Primary School, sessions were piloted with Year 1 in April 2016 (Summer Term) and proved very successful. The sessions now run every afternoon between 1:00 - 2:30am and is now offered to all year groups at Roman Way Primary School.
Our Forest School Lead Teacher is Mr Hill, Miss Narey is the Forest School Assistant and Miss Atwood and Mr Hodgson have also recently undertaken training to assist in delivering Forest School sessions. In addition to our staff members we also welcome any volunteer parents.
The children are enjoying the Forest School sessions and so far have already started to cultivate a vegetable patch, built dens and animal shelters, made elder and stick men, explored the school woodland, made bows and arrows, cooked hot chocolate and marshmallows on the camp fire and much more. The children are given the chance to go into Forest School after lunch come rain or shine, and are allowed to explore their natural surroundings and lead on their chosen outdoor activities within Forest School; whether that is running, hiding, rolling, model making, insect hunting, building bug houses, mark making with embers, whittling, excavating, cooking on a camp fire and building dens. It all helps to encourage learning, play, and grow a sense of admiration, respect and passion for the outdoor environment and nature.
What we know about Forest School is that there are many benefits for the children, these include:
Physical health benefits:
Increased gross motor movement. Increased oxygen levels improve brain function. Sunlight increases vitamin D production which leads to increased resilience to illness.
Communication, teambuilding and language skills are developed.
Reduction in levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, in the brain. Being outside offers time to relax and have fun.
Playing outside allows a child to learn about risk assessment and risk taking. Children that are exposed to acceptable levels of risk at a young age are less likely to make bad judgements in the future.
Forest School also offers a range of other Value Added Benefits, such as:
What I love about Forest School is EVERYTHING! Poppy - Year 1