Forest School is an inspirational process that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.
We are very fortunate to have a large area of woodland behind our school – in Gomm's Wood. The Chiltern Rangers have developed a designated area for Forest School lessons to take place which has been fully risk assessed.
In order to deliver a high quality Forest School experience we work in partnership with Chiltern Forest School: http://chilternforestschool.co.uk/
This means that we have an allocated Forest School Leader from Chiltern Forest School who leads sessions for Years 1-3, alongside the support staff that usually work with the children in their classroom setting.
At Ash Hill the annual programme for Forest School is as follows:
Year 3 – Autumn Term
Year 2 – Spring Term
Year 1 – Summer Term
For Forest School sessions the children work in a smaller group of 15 and are out in the woods from 12:30 until 3pm.
At Ash Hill one of our Early Years Practitioners, Mrs Turner, is also a trained Forest School leader. This means that our reception class also benefit from Forest School sessions led by her, and opportunities to learn outside are exploited across the curriculum.
Parents are informed by letter detailing when their children will have Forest School and will also be given a kit list for their child. The children are asked to come to school with their Forest School clothing in a named carrier bag on their allocated day.