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Developing Social and Emotional Wellbeing through Forest School - Summer Term 2016

Developing Social and Emotional Wellbeing through Forest School - Summer Term 2016

Developing Social and Emotional Wellbeing through Forest School - Summer Term 2016

09 Mar 2016

What is Forest School?

Forest School is a way of working with children in a natural environment which develops their confidence, independence and creativity.

Benefits

  • Children at Christopher Hatton, including the very youngest, love being outside in the woods and often say ‘it makes me feel good’.
  • They have found that children who find school difficult flourish at Forest School; their listening and attention, their behaviour and social skills, and their levels of engagement and focus all improve markedly while there.
  • It is an opportunity to see children at their best; relaxed, enjoying what they are doing, caring for nature and each other.
  • It enables staff to get a much fuller picture of the whole child and so work more effectively to support them.

Forest School Open Classroom at Christopher Hatton

Christopher Hatton has been running Forest School in Reception and Year 5 and is offering Camden teachers an Open Classroom-an opportunity to visit a Forest School session to see how it works and how children respond.

Open Classroom with Year 5

Ella Van Loock leads Forest School in Year 5 and is currently working towards a BTEC to become a qualified Forest School Practitioner Level 3.

What will the Open Classroom involve?

Time

Activity

9.30

Travel from Christopher Hatton to Camley Street Natural Park

10.00-11.45

Forest School session

  • Children start off in a circle or semicircle remembering previous learning activities
  • The range of between 1 and 3 activities take place, depending on the time needed for them including

-observing nature eg. leaf collecting and mini beast hunting, writing description to use in class

-collecting and using natural materials to create art and design eg. creating Anglo Saxon villages and the skeletons of Viking warriors out of sticks,

-using tools in teams eg using peelers, hack saws, a bow saw, hand drill, tent pegs and learning about types of wood for woodwork.

Snack time and feedback on learning

The groups are split with a ratio of 1 adult to 5 children

11.45

Return to school

12.15

Arrive back at school

12.30

Feedback and de-brief (lunch is not provided but please bring a packed lunch if needed)

1.00

Finish

Choice of dates for the Year 5 Open Classroom

Up to 5 teachers can visit at any one time on any of these dates. Click the links to be taken to the TDS website

Open Classroom with Reception

Polly Shields leads Forest School in Reception

Time

Activity

1.00

Travel from Christopher Hatton to Barnsbury Wood

1.40-3.00

Forest school session

  • an opening circle time
  • an introduction to the day's activity, with links made to previous learning / experiences
  • one or two main activities such as; games, searches and making things in small groups with an adult in each group.
  • a final circle time to review what children have done

3.00

Children and Christopher Hatton staff return to school

3.00

Feedback and de-brief with Ros Warmington, professional Forest School leader who run the Reception class sessions.

3.30

Finish

Choice of dates for the Reception Open Classroom

Up to 5 teachers can visit at any one time on any of these dates. Click the links to be taken to the TDS website

How to book onto an open classroom

Teachers can book one of the dates via the Camden TDS website.

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