Forest School is a child-centred inspirational learning process, that 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.

Forest School has a developmental ethos shared by thousands of trained practitioners around the world, who are constantly developing their learning styles and skills to support new and imaginative learners. Its roots reach back to the open-air culture, friluftsliv, or free air life, seen as a way of life in Scandinavia where Forest School began. It arrived in the UK in 1993 and has grown from strength to strength since then.

Here at Streethouse School we use Oak Forest School who are based in Barnsley and the inspirational Mr Pearson teaches all our children from Nursery up to year 6 and the children thoroughly enjoy being outside and learning in nature. 

Check out Oak forest school by clicking on this link https://www.oakforestschool.co.uk/ 
The clip below explains a little bit more about what Forest School is and how it can help your children in their learning whilst promoting good mental health and wellbeing

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Autumn 2 week 4

Queen of Hearts Class

This week we have been using the crocodile saw to cut tree branches into decorations ready to decorate and make festive next week . We finished the session by building a small fire and toasting marshmallows. 

Autumn 2 week 4

Queen of Hearts Class

This week we have been learning all about friction and how we can use it to make small fires We learnt all about fire safety. 

 Autumn 2 week 4

Queen of Hearts Class

This week we have been using wood to make The Star /The Shield of David which is a special symbol from the Jewish religion this will help us when we learn about Judaism next week and the story of Hannukah. 

 Autumn 2 week 2 and 3

Queen of Hearts Class

Year 2/3 have been using tools to create wooden jewellery using Elder branches. They then added finishing touches to their bracelets in class to make then sparkly just like the one that Sita threw in the story of Rama and Sita. 

Autumn 2 week 1 

Queen of Hearts Class

Year 2/3 made a a bonfire with Mr Pearson to celebrate The Gunpowder Plot and the tradition of bonfire night check out our pictures below.

WEEK 5 (8th October 2020)

Year 1/2 finished creating their boats today and checking they had tied their ropes securely so the boat will float. The children then had fun trying to see which of the boats would float the best.

Year 3/4 were given a challenge to make a shelter that Otzi would be able to use to sleep in. The children had to use all resources from the woods that they collected themselves. They worked in teams to make their shelters and they looked absolutely amazing! We have really enjoyed taking part in forest schools this half term. 

WEEK 4 (1st October 2020)

Year 1/2 have been learning different ways they can tie knots this week. They then had to go and collect some materials of their own from the forest so they could begin to create a boat using their materials and their skills at tying knots.

Year 3/4 looked at the different tools and weapons that were used in the Stone Age, Mr Pearson brought lots of them to show us. We learnt how they were made and how they were used. After the lesson we had a go at designing and making our own Stone Age tools and weapon

WEEK 3 (24th September 2020)

Year 1/2 did something very exciting this week and were able to use a real saw to cut wood into small pieces. The children then used pipe cleaners and twigs to create an octopus out of their piece of wood.

Year 3/4 learnt all about a man called Otzi the iceman. Otzi was a man from the stone age who got killed. His body got preserved by a glacier and is now shown in an Italian museum. The children found it so interesting to learn all about Otzi and the information that scientists managed to learn from studying his body. We looked at the different types of food Otzi would have eaten and even looked at the mushrooms he would have used as a method of healing wounds! We also learnt how to safely make a fire using the special equipment Mr Pearson gave the children.

WEEK 2 (17th September 2020)

Year 1/2 carried on their learning of their under the sea topic in forest schools this week. The children had to find materials to make an under the sea picture with a frame to really make their picture stand out!

Year 3/4 did a tour of the forest. Mr Pearson showed the children all different types of leaves and gave us information on each leaf and the plant it comes from. We did leaf rubbings for each leaf and wrote down interesting information for each one. 

WEEK 1 (10th September 2020)

Year 3/4 children were set a task to make a picture on the floor of a method of transport. They had to do this using natural materials that they found in the woods. The children collected all of their own resources and made their pictures!

Year 1/2 children were introduced to a special owl teddy who needed a home. The children had to use their imaginations and materials they found in the forest to create a a new home for this little owl that would keep him warm and safe!

Early Years children really enjoyed exploring in the woods.  They were trying to find autumn treasures to build houses with.  They all worked well as a team and listened to each others ideas.