🌳 It is so exciting to let you all know that Miss Rayson and Miss Martin are currently completing their training to become Forest Schools Practioners to incorporate Forest School activities in Belle Vue Primary School!
Keep your eyes peeled for some information coming soon and also for some changes to our school grounds over the next few months to allow our children to experience a woodland within their school grounds!
FOREST SCHOOL Principles -
1. Forest School is a long-term process of frequent and regular sessions in a woodland or natural environment, rather than a one off visit. Planning, adaptation, observations and reviewing are integral elements of FS - In Belle Vue, our initial aim is to offer our FS sessions to Year 1 as of September 2021 until Miss Rayson's training is completed. This will be on a weekly basis for the whole school year to accommodate ALL children from the year group. Although the majority will be child-led, there will be a focus for the sequence of sessions and opportunities to establish physical and behavioural boundaries, while encompassing each season.
2. Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural wooded environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and natural world - our 'wildlife and nature' area is being updated and adapted currently. This space will be suited to the programme to provide space and environments in which to explore and discover. Relationships with the area will be built over a long-term approach for staff, children in Y1 and our wider school community as it will not just be a FS area.
3. Forest School aim to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners - In Belle Vue, the aim where appropriate is to link experiences of FS to home and other areas of education, ensuring children's physical, social, cognitive, linguistic, emotional, social and spiritual skills are developed through adult led and child initiated play.
4. Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves - In Belle Vue, children will be supported as time goes on using unfamiliar tools and participating in activities such as den building, tree planting and climbing.
5. Forest School is run by a qualified FS practitioner who continuously maintains and develops their professional practice - In Belle Vue, Kelly Rayson will have completed her Level 3 accredited training by the end of the academic year 2022. She will complete her relevant outdoor paediatric first aid in July of 2021. Adult to child ratios will be high, activities dependent.
6. Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for development and learning - In Belle Vue, the needs and interests of the learners will be at the forefront of our approach. Play and choice will play an integral role in our FS, as we see it as a vital aspect to learning and development of a child. Observations and reflections by FS leaders will support learners in developing their time in FS and also be able to see and recognise their achievements, develop emotional intelligence and plan for their own FS future.
Our Pedagogical approach of Forest School - the Forest School leader will create and provide opportunities for children yet without making it apparent. They will foster an observatory role where the children feel they have the choice to explore, discover yet know the leader is there for support or clarity if required. Pedagogy will play an important role in developing the children's communication through making links and holding discussions with each other through self-reflection allowing them to utilise their oracy skills linked to our whole school Oracy project. Other adults who become involved will be encouraged to facilitate learning rather than leading it, therefore promoting independent learners who can manage their own development.
Roles and responsibilities of staff within Belle Vue - to be updated in due course.
Clothing and protective items - in the first instance if children can ensure they bring spare clothes for their FS sessions including- spare trousers, socks, warm clothing and hat and gloves. Suitable footwear, old trainers or wellies. We currently have waterproof trousers and jackets within school for very wet sessions.
Our policies & procedures - to be updated in due course.
Insurance policy - to be updated in due course.
Our approach to Risk Management- to be updated in due course.
Belle Vue's operating procedures - to be updated in due course.
Our Emergency action plan- to be updated in due course.
Individual Risk Assessments- to be updated in due course.
Our site - to be updated in due course.
Our ecological impact - to be updated in due course.