What Happens at Forest School?
At Conquer The Woods Forest School children develop their skills of teamwork, cooperation, listening and observation.
A typical start to the day may involve recapping safety rules, setting up camp, laying a fire (if needed) and putting up a shelter. Forest school activities are child led, so we allow children to choose activities from a selection of activities on offer.
Being outdoors offers opportunities for doing things in different ways and on a different scale. Here are a few specific outdoor learning activity ideas linked to the Forest School approach:
- Build and learn to cook on an open fire
- Learn to identify trees and plants and examine the shape, smell, sound and surface of various trees
- Create dens, shelters, bridges and sculptures
- Collect colours from nature
- Make art from natural products (twigs, leaves and stones) and draw and engrave using natural materials
- Create a woodland assault course for a squirrel
- Hunt for mini-beasts in trees, bushes, deadwood etc
- Create a bug hotel
- Climb trees
- Develop the ability to observe silently -to look and hear what’s happening around them
This environment allows a huge amount of learning to take place outside of the classroom, and gives plenty of opportunities to develop curriculum subjects such as English, Maths, Science, DT, PSHE and PE