The philosophy of Forest School is to encourage and inspire children through outdoor play and learning in a woodland setting.
Forest School uses the woods and forests as a means to build independence and self-esteem in children. The opportunity to learn through nature sees children flourish in a range of skills, not least language and literacy. The natural environment gives children an opportunity to take measured risks, collaborate with peers, design their own challenges and problem-solve.
At DUCKS, we have a beautiful orchard where children in the Early Years go to Forest School on a weekly basis with our Forest School leader. Activities might include making a bird feeder, building a den, or digging a trench for a dragon.
Children in Key Stage 1 also make use of this facility and can work, plan, investigate and learn in the orchard over a range of different topics, the most popular being the opportunity to toast marshmallows on a camp fire.