Welcome to Forest School at CTK
What is Forest School?
Based on a Scandinavian idea, Forest School involves children and young people working with a qualified Forest School Leader on a frequent and regular basis in a woodland setting.
Here at CTK, we are beginning to develop our own woodland setting so that the children may benefit from all that Forest School has to offer. At the moment, your child will have a Forest School session every two weeks. They will be working outside with one half of their class in order that they can work in a smaller group. All years will take part in the Forest School from EYFS upwards. We will go outside in all weather except extreme storms.
The children follow their usual curriculum, but in an outdoor context, using learning and teaching strategies which raise self-esteem, develop confidence, independence, language and communication skills. This is then transferred back into the classroom to support the children’s education and development.
Many children benefit from and prefer a practical element to their learning, and achieve greater levels of success in this context than in a traditional classroom environment. All children benefit from opportunities to demonstrate a wider range of knowledge and expertise – especially important for those who don’t often ‘shine’ in the classroom. Their peers accord them and their achievements greater respect.
When will my child have a FS session?
At the beginning of the school year, all children will receive a letter detailing the group (A or B) to which they belong. Each group will have a session every two weeks. As children have a variety of days and dates, it is not possible to print them out on here but the dates for week A or B will be posted up on the Parents' notice board by the main gate and here on the website. If a session is cancelled for whatever reason or if a child is absent, the dates will remain the same and that session will simply be missed.
What should my child wear?
As Forest School is very muddy and wet (even when it isn't raining) please make sure your child comes suitably prepared. As your child will also be having a PE session on the same day, we would like your child to come to school in the morning dressed in their PE kit with their school tracksuit on top of it. As your child will remain in these clothes for the remainder of the day, it is important to have waterproof outer layers also. We have a selection of waterproof over-trousers for your child to use if your child does not have their own.
It is important that your child has wellies (with their name in) as well as a dry pair of shoes to change back into at the end of the session. Muddy boots are messy to wear inside so children will change into their dry shoes after their session for their comfort and the cleanliness of the school. Wellies offer the most protection as there are some nettles and thistles in the wilder areas.