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Forest School at Gorsemoor

The Forest School initiative defines Forest School as:

“…an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults, regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a local woodland environment”

“The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through outdoor experiences.  By participating in engaging, motivating and achievable activities in woodland environment, each participant has the opportunity to develop intrinsic motivation and sound emotional and social skills.  These, through self-awareness can be developed to reach their personal potential”

Forest Schools is a holistic approach to learning, incorporating children’s individuality and develops their skills for lifelong learning.  It can cover emotional and spiritual aspects of learning where self-esteem and self-confidence can grow and positive relationships with peers can be formed.  It applies an accelerated learning approach by involving the whole person, using physical activity, creativity, images and colour designed to get children deeply involved in their own learning.

At Gorsemoor we have embraced this approach to outdoor learning which encourages children to become independent, use their imagination, make sensible choices and initiate learning for themselves.  

Just one of our ideal wooded settings!

Current Year 6 pupils enjoying their time outdoors.

Over the course of the academic year, Miss Morgan has undergone training to become a qualified Forest School practitioner.  Forest School is taught in groups of no more than 12 children, allowing for low staff to pupil ratios and pupils to work closely with staff members.  Trial groups from Year 3 have been thoroughly enjoying their time in the woodland areas at Gorsemoor and pictures of this can be seen below. From September 2015, Forest School lessons will initially be taught in Year 3.

Forest Schools explores the outdoors and the natural environment with practical, fun and interesting activities all year round.  At Gorsemoor we embrace the outdoors and, aside from extremely heavy rain, storms or high winds, children participate in Forest Schools whatever the weather!  Most importantly, the child’s interest will always be at the heart of any activity.

Photogallery below

Letter sent to invited pupils