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Holy Trinity C of E Primary School

Holy Trinty's Forest School Experience

Miss Carter (our reception teacher) is our trained Forest School Leader!
Since September she has been developing our 'Forest School' outdoor provision: we now have a fire pit, a mud kitchen, tool area and lots more beautiful tress, plants and animal habitats.

We have superb outside Forest School provision complete with an allotment, tree-house and fire-pit. Mrs Rice is responsible for developing our Forest School which further enhances learning and life skills.

Pupils using our Forest School
Forest School

Forest School originated in Denmark in the 1950s. It is a type of outdoor education where children visit woodlands, learning lots of exciting personal, social and technical skills. It came to Britain in the 1990s; Wales and Scotland incorporate a Forest School approach into their curriculum and here at Holy Trinity, we believe it is the best way to learn.

It has been defined as "an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence through hands-on learning in a woodland environment" and Holy Trinity agree!!! The children love the opportunity to run around, get some fresh air, work as a team and learn skills in sawing, chopping, whittling and much much more.

Ruby/Reception Class visit our Forest School every week (rain or shine) and additional year groups have started accessing this area more regular to enhance their learning in different curriculum subjects.

Forest School

Policies, Procedures and Risk Assessments

Our children’s wellbeing and safety is at the centre of what we plan and do.
We want to encourage our children to be 'healthy' risk takers: to try new and challenging things, whilst also knowing their limits and be able to keep themselves safe.
For example:
- Children at Forest School know they can climb trees, but not too climb too high or on thin/weak branches.

Miss Carter is a Level 3 Forest School Leader. She has been fully trained in how to make fires, use a variety of tools and how to keep children safe! Each Forest School activity/tool has been carefully and thoroughly planned and risk assessed.
All policies, procedures and risk assessments are available in the Forest School Handbook. A copy can be found in Ruby class, just ask.
If you want to find out more, feel free to come and chat to Miss Carter or even come a long to a session and see what we get up to!