Hudson Primary takes great pride in advocating the Forest School approach and experiences for learning. We currently have our own Forest School purposely built on site for our youngest children and further sites in Jubilee Woods and Rougley’s Wood in Lunt. The activities were planned and developed by our past Headteacher and specialist Forest School Teacher Mrs Atkinson; sessions are now ran and organised by our own Forest School trained staff within the Early Years and Miss Turner in KS1 and 2. Parents and adults are encouraged to come along and volunteer for Forest School each week, we also run family sessions for our Children’s centre families and for parents and children within our Nursery setting. If you are interested in being part of our Forest School experience then please look out in our up and coming weekly newsletter for further information.
Some of the activities at Forest School will involve the children learning new skills and taking risks, challenging themselves and persevering – the aim of Forest School is to have fun, explore and enjoy being in a different environment. Risk assessments will be carried out for each session and children will be closely supervised at all times.
The types of activities that children might do at Forest School include: environmental art, shelter building, bush craft skills (whittling, tying knots, etc.), story telling, playing games, plant identification, outdoor cooking and lighting fires. We are sure that the children will enjoy these sessions as many of the activities and experiences are closely linked to the five ways to well being: connect, be active, keep learning, take notice and give, which the children have been learning are an important part of emotional health and well being.
When a child is at Forest School he/she may be subjected to various weather conditions as the only weather condition that will stop the session from going ahead will be strong winds. The Forest School Team will always have spare wellingtons, hats, gloves and warm waterproof coats, however these will be for emergencies only. Parents are asked to supply their child with adequate kit for Forest School. This will not only keep your child comfortable but will allow for them to get the most out of the experience.
Forest School Kit List:
- Warm thick socks
- Long Trousers
- Layers for the top of the body:
- T-shirt & Long armed top
- Waterproof Coat
- Long trousers (plus waterproof trousers if possible)
- Hats, gloves, scarf in cold weather/ or sunhat in sunny weather
- Wellingtons are best but stout shoes will do (No sandals thanks!)
- Long armed tops and long pants are needed in all weather to protect your child from the woodland environment.
In order to make things easier, on Forest School days (see below) we would suggest that your child comes into school wearing their Forest School Kit with trainers or pumps to wear in the morning and their boots to change into. If you have any problems providing any items on the kit list then please see the class teacher as soon as possible.