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Forest School

What is Forest School?

Forest School is a child-centred inspirational learning process, which offers opportunities for holistic growth through regular sessions. It is a long-term program that supports play, exploration and supported risk taking. It develops confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting.

The process helps and facilitates more than knowledge-gathering, it helps learners develop socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically and intellectually. It creates a safe, non-judgemental nurturing environment for learners to try stuff out and take risks. Forest School inspires a deep and meaningful connection to the world and an understanding of how a learner fits within it. Our approach to risk means that learners constantly expand on their abilities by solving real-world issues, building self-belief and resilience. We believe that risk is more than just potential for physical harm, but a more holistic thing, there are risks in everything we do, and we grow by overcoming them. Forest School therefore, helps participants to become, healthy, resilient, creative and independent learners.

Forest school is delivered to our younger Pre-school, Reception, Year 1 and Year2. Pre-school currently receive Forest School taster sessions as a pre-requisite to the 12 week forest School program that takes place in Reception, Year 1 and year 2. Our older children from year 3 to year 6, have the opportunity to take part in various sessions which continues to compliment their outdoor learning Journey at Barton Clough.

Some of the activities that our Pupils will experience include Shelter Building, Fire Lighting, Campfire cooking and charcoal making.

We also have an Eco Squad with members drawn from KS2 who are responsible for sustainability within the school and have the task of gaining Eco School status.

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Barton Clough Primary School
Audley Avenue, Stretford
Manchester M32 9TG