We are very fortunate at Farncombe School to have a forest schools area. This has been developed in recent years and is quite literally growing now, with new trees planted and new zones being created in 2022.
Developing the space and how it is used to support the curriculum is a key part of our current School Development Plan. The Friends Association have very kindly donated funds to purchase resources to create a purposeful, nurturing and inspiring place.
Cheryl Tickner leads Forest Schools sessions for all year groups.
Forest School education is a long term, sustainable approach to outdoor learning which builds confidence and independence in children through the exploration of and experiences in the natural world.
With careful supervision, children in Forest School are introduced to a range of tools and are encouraged to become involved in group tasks and games. They learn about natural materials, fire safety and basic woodland skills. The experiences in Forest School link to our school vision and safeguarding approach, with children asked to take reasonable risks within a safe framework. Their appreciation of God’s wonderful world is heightened by spending time in this space.
For the children’s protection, there is a specific risk assessment for Forest Schools. Appropriate clothing must be worn and we ask all parents to check for ticks after their child has spent time in the forest schools area.