ForestSchool LogoIn September 2018 we embarked upon our Forest School journey. We had a large ‘nature area’ which was in need of a lot of TLC and with support from members of the local community and several very generous donations we have transformed the space! Forest School sessions are led by Kirsty Tarry- qualified teacher with Forest School Level 3 training. Along with offering sessions for the pupils of Boothville Primary School, ‘Forest Tots’ sessions also take place throughout the week for parents and pre-schoolers.

Our Forest School site at Boothville Primary School provides children with an opportunity to experience learning in an outdoor environment through play and exploration.
Children in Nursery & Reception come to Forest School for 6 weeks each term. Children further up the school come to visit on a rotational basis. There is a continuous cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review by the Forest School leader which links each weekly session to the next. The previous nature area in the school grounds has been utilised to support a relationship between the children and the natural world, our vegetable patch has been a particular source of wonder this summer! The children are gaining more knowledge of the world around them & developing respect for the natural environment, which in turn helps to develop confidence to learn through play, exploration and taking supported risks appropriate to the environment and themselves.
Forest School at Boothville Primary School follows a learner-centred approach. Each session is guided by the children’s interests, and individual needs. Activities are planned with this in mind; however, the learning outcomes are guided by the children. We teach new skills which they can use as part of their play and exploration of the natural environment.
Forest School offers opportunities to support learning in all areas of development. This holistic approach to learning results in learners who are confident, resilient, independent and creative.
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