Forest School is firmly embedded into school life at Bolnore with links to the curriculum and topics being used throughout sessions.
We have evolved and changed over time and now have a wide range of tasks that enable the Forest School team to assess the skills of each child.
All children throughout their time at Forest School take part in activities such as flora and fauna identification, map reading and observational drawing. They learn how to use a variety of tools safely to create different artifacts and experience various foods and camp cooking techniques.
Our children are extremely fortunate to be able to participate in Forest School as it adds even more depth and breadth to their curriculum.
Bolnore is very much a beacon of excellence in terms of its Forest School provision. Other schools frequently visit to look at our model. Forest School is a unique feature and reflects the ethos of the School. Our children are extremely fortunate to be able to participate in Forest School as it adds even more depth and breadth to their curriculum. We currently do not charge for this amazing addition to the children's learning.The highlight of the Forest School calendar for the past 5 years has been the opportunity to showcase the skills and knowledge of our Forest School children with the local community at the South of England Show at Ardingly Show Ground. This is always a great achievement by the Forest School team and the Forest School Ambassadors who speak with passion and great knowledge to the general public and judges about their Forest School experiences.
Where does the idea come from?
Forest Schools originated in Sweden during the 1950s and was a way of teaching children about the natural world.
The idea was adopted by Denmark as an important part of Early Years provision. The concept was introduced to Britain in 1995 by Bridgwater College.
Who is a Forest School for?
Everyone can benefit from a Forest School. Forest Schools provides a valuable teaching tool for a wide range of curriculum subjects, and is an excellent way to support and enrich the National Curriculum.
What is it like at a Forest School?
The fire circle is central to all that happens at Forest School.
The fire is the focal point for discussing the day's activities and a place for socialising.
The activities are always hands-on and will often require the use of tools such as bow saws and fixed blade knives. As children becomes more comfortable with living and working in the woodland the programme becomes more learner led, a journey of discovery directed by the children themselves.