Racecourse Lane, Much Wenlock, Shropshire TF13 6JG
Tel: 01952 727 634
Forest School is an approach to education that embraces the outdoors as a learning environment. It is about children experiencing regular, weekly sessions in a designated Forest School site.
Children follow the usual curriculum but in an outdoor context, using learning and teaching strategies which raise self-esteem, develop confidence, independence and language and communication skills.
At Forest School children learn to assess and manage risks and develop life long learning skills. Forest School has physical, social and health benefits; helping young people to enjoy physical activity outdoors in increasingly sedentary lives.
At Much Wenlock Primary School we are very fortunate to have a Forest School site within the school grounds. We have two trained Forest School Leaders - Mrs L Walker and Miss C Brassington - who currently lead sessions with children in Foundation Stage and Year 1 each week.
Forest School takes place in all weathers and all seasons. Children and adults must be dressed appropriately as 'there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing!'.
We are in the process of making a shelter for Forest School to protect us from the weather! Thanks to Mrs. Lentle making some repairs to our existing school willow den, we have been able to recycle some green willow sticks to make our shelter in Forest school.
First the children measured the area of the circle to see if there was room for them all.
Then we selected the willow stakes to support the green willow.
The children helped to secure them with a mallet.
After that the children selected two green willow sticks to push into the ground either side of the stake.
We allowed them to establish and then put longer stakes to tie over the top to enable us to add a temporary cover whilst the willow is growing.
Then the stakes were tied together to form the roof.
This will form the shape of our shelter. We are just waiting for good growing conditions. There are signs of new growth already!
Many thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Lentle, Mrs. Bunning, Mrs. Harrison-Ball and Mrs. Lowe for all their continuing help.