Forest School is an important part of all the children's educational experience here at Holmesdale. We believe that it is important for our children to be able to learn outside the classroom. In the woods the children are able to participate in many woodland crafts. They learn how to use simple tools and develop their knowledge of the woodland flora and fauna. They work as a team and learn how to calculate and take risks. All the children in each year group go to the woods each half term. All staff take part in regular Forest school training.
We have a wonderful Forest school area within school, allowing us to have onsite Forest School sessions for all our reception children. Throughout their first year in school each child in reception will have the opportunity to attend six consecutive weeks of Forest School activities. Here the children will learn how to build and light fires and then cook food. They will also take part in some simple tool use. The onsite learning is led by a qualified level 3 Forest School teacher.
We are enjoying our trips to the woods this term. Willow class had a special story for book week in the woods and Oak class have been busy making stick men!
The reception children are really enjoying learning how to cook on the fire and on pancake day we had campfire pancakes!
Year 1 and 2 children had a special Forest School experience for their Viking topic. They cooked viking stew made with beer and they made and baked Viking bread.