Mrs Beco is the Forest School specialist at Hogarth Primary School. If you have any ideas or queries relating to our forest school sessions, please email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
“No one will protect what they don't care about, and no one will care about what they have never experienced”
At Hogarth Primary School all of our children from Reception through to Year 6 have the opportunity to take part in Forest School and Outdoor Learning sessions, every week. Our mission at Hogarth Primary School is:
· To provide opportunities for hands on learning through cross-curricular links in English, Maths, Topic and Science.
· To develop both physical and mental health. Forest school gives the opportunity for children to achieve outside of the classroom, develop their confidence and build upon their self-esteem.
· To ensure children take responsibility for our environment and become responsible citizens.
· To identify risks and increase their confidence in managing risks. We encourage the children to make sensible and informed decisions about how to deal with unfamiliar situations.
· To stimulate investigation, curiosity and creative minds.
· To develop team working skills and encourage children to become independent in an outdoor environment.
At Hogarth Primary School, we are proud to have the Green Flag status. This is something that we work to maintain through providing a stimulating environment where the children are taught to be aware of and care for their surroundings. We actively seek ideas to promote outdoor learning and develop our Eco-Schools project.
Our Forest School Lead works collaboratively with class teachers to plan and implement outdoor Forest School sessions for every year group. These sessions are designed to support and enrich objectives taken from the National Curriculum and linked to the year group’s termly topic. Collaborative planning ensures that challenges are set at a level where children can succeed learning and any barriers to learning are taken into account.
The Forest School lead, ensures that risk assessments are carried out before each session and that the children know how to be safe. Forest School takes place in all weathers (unless there are incredibly high winds) and the children are dressed in appropriate clothing and footwear to ensure that they can fully participate in all activities.
Children will become confident inside the classroom when they have had the opportunity to explore their curriculum topics outside. For example, we had the opportunity to form cross- curricular links with the topic, The Great Fire of London. Children made their own Tudor houses and we recreated this historical event using our campfire and starting from the bakery house.
Children will develop a connection to nature and will be knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the world around them. They will develop a whole range of skills; personal, social, emotional, physical and communication development. They will have improved physical skills through the development of physical stamina, gross and fine motor skills.