Forest School is a unique educational experience and process that offers children the opportunity to succeed and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland environment.
Forest School sessions provide children with the opportunity to explore and experience the natural world through practical activities in the outdoors, which will in return help, promote confidence, independence and self esteem.
Forest School at Bamburgh
We have some great plans around our own Forest School and work is well underway on this exciting project for Bamburgh.
The story so far…
Miss Henderson is trained to be a Level 3 Forest School Leader. She has leads groups in our Primary phase in Forest School sessions. She hopes to eventually do the same with Secondary.
Miss Henderson has started to develop a Forest School area on the top half of the school field from and alongside the MUGA. This will be ongoing for the next 3 years.
We worked with a company called Landscape Outlook to create a large pond area which will develop over the coming years. It’s a wonderful addition.
30 Silver Birch trees have been planted around the fire pit area. Shrubs including palms and cordylines have been planted in between the trees. Smaller trees including fruit trees have also been planted in the Nature Area along with bird feeders. A bug hotel is also being developed for this area.
We have used pallets to plant a herb garden – work completed by our Secondary phase pupils who are completing their ASDAN qualification. Wind chimes and spinners have also been hung in the trees.
A Den Building area has been created with some children building dens from sticks and logs. A large teepee from bamboo canes was constructed with a group of children from Hawthorn class.
A mix of large Alder, Hornbeam and Cherry trees have also been planted on the field alongside some small colourful shrubs. Lots more of these will be planted shortly.
The path has been laid and the meadow area has also been cut out by the grass cutter; this has made it a lot easier to picture the whole forest school site and what it will eventually look like.
A very tame racing pigeon visited the site and stayed for a few days. We think it may have lost its way after a spell of bad weather . We also have a friendly Forest School cat which visits the site regularly.