Ethos of Forest Schools
“Forest School is based more on the process of learning than it is on the content, more on the 'how' than the 'what'. This means that genuine Forest School practice steps out of the shadow and limitation of 'planned activities' and ventures collaboratively into the realms of the unplanned, unexpected and ultimately unlimited. Learners are given encouragement to direct their own learning - this often requires catalysing on the part of the FS leader either through stimulating play in the outdoors or through 'scaffolding' a child's learning, but mostly through simply observing how children are in the outdoors.”
Please DO NOTCOME TO SCHOOL IN YOUR FOREST SCHOOL CLOTHES on your Forest School day
bring them to school in a bag (wellies / boots in a separate bag please!)
to change into after dinner time.
You will need several layers of loose, comfortable OLD clothing.
Please scroll down the page to see a list of suitable clothing for a Forest School session.
Please, ALWAYS bring an OLD, WARM, WATERPROOF COAT
and some wellies or walking boots.
Even though we are only just into the Autumn months, the weather can still change very quickly, so please bring enough layers to keep you warm and dry in the woods.
NO TRAINERS PLEASE.
YOU WILL BE GETTING MUDDY!
You can always take a layer off if you get too hot..
But if you don't wear enough layers, you may get cold..
This will affect your learning in the woods and you'll not have as much fun, so...
WRAP UP WARM, TOO MUCH IS BETTER THAN NOT ENOUGH!
Suitable clothing for a Forest School session:
Please make sure you do not wear your best clothes, something old and comfortable is essential.
Joggers or loose fitting leggings
Sweatshirt or hoodie
Wellies should be one size bigger than normal shoes to enable thicker socks to be worn when the weather is cold.
An old, warm coat. (you will be getting muddy!)
Hats, scarves and gloves when the weather is colder
Several layers of loose comfortable clothing will keep you warm as the weather gets colder
We will be going outside for our Forest School sessions whenever possible, even if it's raining, this is an important part of your child's learning.
Please look at the weather forecast for Wednesday each week and send them with enough old clothing to keep them warm, dry and comfortable.
If you have any issues with providing enough old clothing for your child, please speak to Miss T or Laura, we have a plentiful supply of donated coats and wellies in our Forest School shed!