Leading the way in Forest Schooling in the area
Little Acorns Pre-School in Herne is one of the first in the local area to be qualified in Forest Schooling! All children are now given the opportunity of attending Forest School sessions at the Pre-school and surrounding woodlands.
This is already showing very popular with both children and parents, children are encouraged to develop independence, improve language and decision-making, and raise their self-esteem through small achievable tasks and by receiving genuine praise, children gain a good foundation for future learning.
The ethos of Forest School encourages practical, hands-on experiences. It also allows teachers to step back and observe the children in order to then encourage and inspire them to achieve.
Forest School will run all year round and in all weathers (unless weather conditions are dangerous). The child led ethos of Forest Schools means that the children can choose what to participate in, carefully supported and encouraged by trained adults. Forest School activities vary depending on the season. They may include:
- Hunting for and creating home for minibeasts
- Natural crafts - crowns, dreamcatchers or collages from natural materials, weaving with long grasses, etc
- Mud sculptures
- Shelter building and knot tying
- Tree climbing
- Mark making on tree bark
- Story telling and singing
Sessions are planned around the individual's and group's needs, and built upon each week. All Forest School Leaders are qualified through nationally recognised and accredited training, therefore ensuring Forest School is a high quality learning experience. The earlier sessions will concentrate on safety; establishing boundaries and routines. As the children develop in confidence and familiarity with the environment the sessions focus on developing and reinforcing skills and understanding. We will regularly share your child's experiences at Forest School with you and would love to hear what they say about the sessions.
What benefits will my child get from participating in Forest Schools?
Forest Schools supports the holistic development of the child:
- Health and fitness - Being active in an outdoor, natural environment
- Increased emotional wellbeing - Being confident and self-reliant
- Social development - Communicating, and negotiating with children and adults to solve problems and share experiences.
- Skills development - Developing fine and gross motor skills and coordination for real purposes.
- Gaining knowledge and understanding - Using all of our senses, problem solving and real-life learning.
- Individualised learning - Careful observation allows adults to tailor support to children's own interests and stage of development.
- Curriculum Links - Forest School supports many areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage framework, National Curriculum, World Wide curriculum and the Every Child Matters agenda.