We are very lucky to now be a Forest School. As you may have noticed the top area of the school has been sectioned off and a log circle has been set up. We have also planted new plants common naturally in this area and intend to let the area grow naturally.
The log circle is used for many lessons including circle time activities and subject lessons. The circle allows everyone to see each other and be able to share ideas easily.
The site will be used to teach curriculum subjects as well as Forest School sessions.
At Mount Plaesant we teach through themes and encourage a holistic approach to teaching. This means that skills are developed through hands on activities which they are learning to support life long learning and gain a positive attitude towards learning and work. Real life experiences allow children to develop their personal well being and self worth.
Forest schools meet the learning and development needs of individuals in a number of ways. Children experience different stimuli and are allowed to develop at their own pace. All activities are easily adaptable to suit the requirements of each child, whether more able or less able. Children are encouraged to think for themselves and become independent learners.
Research into Forest School activities show that children greatly benefit from being outdoors and experiencing real life situatuions. Children learn to take appropriate risks and show respect for the natural environment. Research also shows that people are more relaxed when they are outdoors.
Forest School sessions can take place in all weathers (except high winds). Children need to be appropriately dressed for the weather conditions. If your child is taking part in a Forest School session then you will be informed of the clothing needed (coat and wellies / old trainers)
If you would like any more information on Forest Schools please see Mrs Black or Miss Morgan
"We enjoy using the Forest School".
"We have had circle time, maths and Literacy lessons at the Forest School. "
"It is fun being outside and sitting on the logs."
Miss O'Brien's class have been using the Forest School site to learn about habitats and why certain animals live in certain places. We have created model animals by using natural materials (including digging a mud hole to get mud to mould onto our models!)
This is a photograph of a bug palace which is like the one that we are hoping to build in our forest school area during the summer term.
Forest School after-school club will be starting in the Summer term for children in year 3,4 and 5. Please see Miss O'Brien if you would like to come. It will be every Tuesday 3.15-4pm. If the weather is bad, provision will be made in the classroom.
We have finally built our bug hotel! The forest school club worked with the Eco Council to create a new home for all the bugs and animals that live in the forest school. Thank you to everyone who donated materials!