This year the children in Year 2 will be taking part in Forest School sessions on a Friday afternoon. It has been well documented that outdoor learning such as these Forest School sessions have a positive impact on children’s sense of well being. They not only develop a greater understanding of the natural world but also build confidence, resilience, develop decision making and independence. This is transferred in to the classroom environment and can have an impact on the child’s engagement and progress.
The sessions will be led by Mrs Amanda Liddle, who is a Level 3 Forest School Leader. The children will be taking part in a wide range of activities that will link with the classroom curriculum, particularly the science topic ‘Plants and Animals in our Local Environment’. These sessions will start on Friday, 9th September.
The children will therefore need to have a ‘Forest School Kit’ in school every Friday morning. It is essential for the Health and Safety policy that children (and adults) are suitably dressed. The children will need:
Waterproof jacket/coat –essential at all times of the year
Wellington boots/sturdy shoes
Gardening gloves (if possible)
Lightweight long sleeved top to avoid scratches or nettle stings
Lightweight trousers- please do not send shorts
Please be aware that long sleeved tops and full length trousers are essential during the summer months to limit the chances of children getting stung by the nettles. Long sleeves in warmer weather will also prevent the sun burning their skin.
Gloves, hat, scarf
Please be aware all that these items should be clearly labelled with the child’s name.