At Evelyn Street, we have been lucky enough to establish a site within our school grounds. There has been a considerable amount of ground work to prepare the site, which we have named Owl Wood.
Forest School is defined as 'a type of outdoor education in which children visit forests/woodlands, learning personal, social and technical skills'. It is also seen as "an inspirational process that offers children regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence through hands-on learning in a woodland environment". Forest School enhances our curriculum and places a strong emphasis on raising all children's independence and self-esteem.
An integral part of the Forest School experience is that children will experience the wood in all weathers. This enhances our 'all day, everyday' approach to outdoor play which is already in place in our Early Years.
Forest School activities will teach the children about caring for the woodland while developing their respect and understanding of the environment too.
Through improved independence and self-esteem, children will as a result be able to use their Forest School experience to enhance their learning across all areas of the curriculum whilst developing a love and understanding of the natural environment. It is for this reason that we have chosen to be a Forest School.
Children can only access Owl Wood and experience Forest School with a qualified Forest School Leader. Those leaders are currently Mrs Tobin & Mr Porter.