Howitt Primary Community Forest Schools
Forest School is an inspirational concept providing learning opportunities through practical activities in an outdoor environment.
- Children enjoy the freedom to explore and experience the natural world in all seasons and in all weathers.
Forest School embraces an approach of nurturing, supporting and developing the self-esteem of everyone involved in this approach to learning.
It is an ideal environment in which to develop innovation, problem solving, risk taking, creativity and teamwork.
What are the benefits?
- Growth in confidence and independence
- Opportunities to take risks, make choices and initiate learning for themselves
- Helps children to understand, appreciate and care for the natural environment
- Allows children to become more confident in the natural environment
- Enables a practical element to their learning
- Additional physical, social and health benefits
- Improved behaviour and motivation going back into school – and has an impact on achievement
- Promotes self-discovery
- Improved communication skills
- Raised self-esteem.
Why are we doing Forest Schools?
- It is becoming widely acknowledged that children do not spend enough time outdoors enjoying the countryside and taking part in slightly riskier activities like den building and climbing trees.
- We have Shipley Park so close to our school, also we are in the process of making our own Forest School area on the school grounds – we want to use it effectively to enhance our curriculum so children have opportunities to develop skills in the outside learning environment instead of always being in the classroom.
- Some children learn better in the outside area where they feel there is more ‘freedom’ than in the inside classroom.
What activities do we do at Forest Schools?
- We explore the forest and stay within our boundaries to help us stay safe.
- We work together to make friendship bracelets by twisting wool to show we belong together as a team and we are there for each other!
- We get ‘hands on’ with nature!
- We make animal homes and fairy/elf houses using the tree branches and other natural items.
- We explore knots to make a journey stick!
Forest schools 2018 Spring term
The children have been busy in their forest schools sessions, planting trees, cooking on a fire and playing team games.
Forest schools 2017
Ground work October 2016
The children have been enjoying talking about Bonfire Night and making some lovely firework pictures.
They also learnt about why we wear poppies and they made some beautiful poppies to remember the people who died in the war.
Ground Work 2016
The children have really enjoyed working together this year, being outdoors and learning new skills. They have enjoyed trips to Broomfield College and Shipley Park. Please have a look at some of the photos from the year.
Ground Work May 2016
The children have enjoyed planting the bulbs, flowers and bushes that were donated for Howitt in Bloom.
Ground Work January 2016
The children really enjoyed making bug houses in the garden.
Ground Work October 2015
To finish the day we all got to sample some local honey taken from the hives we had just been looking at.
Everyone really enjoyed it.
Energy: We talked about different sorts of energy. We dug for coal, learnt about solar energy and made a wind turbine.
Dream Catchers: We used some willow from our willow den, moulded it into a circle and decorated it with wool, beads and feathers to make our very own dream catchers.
Our parents came to see us hard at work and look at the finished box.