What is a Forest School?
Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees
The following is a link to the values and outcomes of Forest Schooling for pupils from 'Wikipedia'http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forest_school_%28learning_style%29
Miss Jess Daw (Class teacher) and Miss Eliza Small (HLTA) will be undergoing training to be forest school leaders with nature workshops. This will give both staff a Level 3 qualification.
Preparing for Forest Schooling at St Columb Major Academy
The slideshow above illustrates the preparation work for our Forest School - our thanks must go to staff, parents & volunteers who so kindly gave of their time & worked tirelessly to support our new initiative.
With the generosity and support from 'The Cornish Birds of Prey Centre' we have been able to secure a fantastic environment for our new Forest School initiative.
Forest School update
We are very lucky to have been given even more support from local businesses in setting up our forest school. Glanvilles builders merchants have donated a wheelbarrow to us and added our forest school log to it also. This will be so valuable for transporting items around our forest school. You may have seen this wheelbarrow displayed on their stand at the Royal Cornwall Show last week. Thank you so much to James especially for all his support here.
A second massive thank you goes to Rob Blundell at Mason Kings who organised the donation of some fantastic resources for us to use. This includes children's gardening tools, tarpaulin, saw's, string, buckets, flexi tubs and so much more!
With all this support our project is nearly ready to go. We are however on the look out for a garden composter, a shed catch and lock, some roofing felt and some plastic boxes. If you have any of these which you are willing to donate please let us know.
Last week class 6 had a morning in our new area building dens and making forest creatures. They especially enjoyed getting very muddy! In September we will begin taking the KS1 Classes down for 5 week blocks of forest schooling.
Miss Daw and Miss Small
Forest School Co-ordinators
Forest School starts!