Forest Schools and Outdoor Learning
Outdoor Learning at Fairway is not simply about delivering a literacy lesson whilst sat outside, or learning multiplication in the rain, it is about giving our children the experiences and skills needed to help them develop into happy and healthy individuals, who are able to have a positive impact on the world around them.
Wherever possible, we aim to take every area of the curriculum outside of the classroom by providing the most engaging , hands on, learning experiences possible.
Forest Schools refers to a style of teaching that has its roots in Scandinavia, where pre school children spend their days outside in a woodland environment engrossed in hands on, child led learning experiences. The child led aspect of forest schools is perhaps the most crucial element with the outdoor environment facilitating the vast number of learning styles that children benefit from.
Our very own Mrs Woffenden is a Level 3 qualified Forest School practitioner who has a good deal of experience in delivering quality forest schools experiences for children and adults between them. The programmes have so far taken place on the school site in our very own forest school. During a series of forest schools sessions, the range of activities can vary widely with the interests of participants but a typical set of sessions could include:
- Den building
- Willow weaving
- Ethereal art
- Flora/ fauna identification
- Fire lighting
- Cooking over an open fire
This list is by no means exhaustive though, and the best way to find out more is to get involved.
Here at Fairway we provide Forest Schools sessions which give the opportunity for parents to take part alongside their children. Speak to Mrs Woffenden for more information.