Leehurst Swan School have arranged for students from Reception to Year 4 to take part in Forest School lessons throughout the academic year.
Forest School started from September 2021, following a taster session that was held in the summer term of 2020/21.
Children are provided with a nurturing, positive outdoor learning experience to support their well-being and personal development.
Pupils learn about the environment, how to handle the risks that come with nature, using their initiative to solve problems and co-operating with others.
Children have the opportunity to develop their creativity, problem solving, collaboration and communication skills.
Examples of Forest School activities include: Woodland management, environmental exploration, nature exploration, building dens and other structures, fire lighting and cooking, using tools, games and invitation for imaginative play and discovery, scavenger hunts and adventure, natural crafts, and also seasonal celebrations.
On Friday 24 September, Years 2 and 3 headed out to The Devenish to try their hand at whittling, laying nature trails and creating some forest games:
— Leehurst Swan School (@LeehurstSwanSch) September 24, 2021
With timetabled sessions throughout the academic year, Reception to Year 4 will have plenty of chances to test out the wide range of Forest School activities on offer.
It’s great to see a controlled environment that allows children to learn about nature and build useful outdoor skills.
Headmaster Terence Ayers is aiming for the Leehurst Swan children to see themselves as ‘guardians’ of nature:
“Our aim is to nurture in our pupils a love, understanding and connection for the natural world so they see themselves as guardians of planet earth.
“Forest School helps children develop their confidence and core skills like communication, collaboration, independence and problem solving.
“Just as important is the opportunity Forest School provides to learn in the great outdoors and have fun come rain or shine!”
Leehurst Swan School educate boys and girls from the ages of 4 to 16. The first school on its Salisbury site was opened in 1914.