Forest School

Outdoor Learning at Castle

Every child at Castle Primary School has the opportunity to take part in Forest School on a fortnightly basis, led by our experienced, trained Forest School team.

The Forest School initiative aims to encourage and inspire children to become more independent learners in an outside environment. The children develop new skills through a variety of exciting practical activities, such as shelter-building, knot-tying or safe use of a range of tools. Through the games and challenges that the children take part in, skills in co-operation, communication and resilience are all increased. We then find that the children can take these new, improved attributes back into their classroom lessons to help them succeed further.

We centre everything that we do around our 'Five Roots of Forest School':

Listening

Leading

Persevering

Team-working

Helping

We use our own school site to develop our skills, and we often head out into the beautiful local environment that we have surrounding the school and Ham Hill. The children keep track of the changing seasons, learn more about the natural world and begin to identify a wider range of local flora and fauna. Much of the National Curriculum's Science objectives are met during these sessions.

Every class has a whole day of Forest School every other week. The chidlren should come to school in their outdoor clothing. Forest School clothes should be older clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty. Bring wellies, warm jumper, waterproof coat and always long trousers even if the weather is warm (to help prevent stings etc).

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