Welcome to Lawn Manor Forest School…
Forest schools are an outdoor learning area that allows children to develop a range of skills that cannot be taught in the classroom. Children are encouraged to be active and explore nature. Being outside allows pupils to improve mental health, work on communication, social relationships. Working in the area ties in with the in-classroom curriculum with links to Geography, Science and many more subjects.
Spending time in nature can offer pupils a different type of experience, it can be calming and allow for self reflection. Children learn to assess, appreciate and take risks, making sensible, informed decisions about how to tackle the activities and experiences they encounter. ‘They’re learning to be self-sufficient and take care of themselves, which boosts their confidence and self-esteem
Research has shown that children who have access to outdoor spaces such as Forest Schools benefit greatly.
Over the summer we have been working very hard to get the area in shape, and although it is an ongoing process, work is coming along nicely in the area.
Throughout the year, all pupils will have access to the area, both during lessons and at the Lawn manor Forest School after-school club.
A huge range of activities will take place whilst taking part in Forest School, such as: Working with tools, fire safety, setting up shelters, identification of different plants and animals and many more!
And fear not…safety is paramount in Lawn Manor Forest School. All leaders have to have a Level 3 Forest School qualification, which covers essential safety training such as risk assessment and food hygiene. Although children are encouraged to assess risk for themselves, this is always with close adult guidance. Before an activity, we’ll talk about how the children think they can stay safe.. We do a lot of safety talks before they use any tools, and supervision is tight, with adults observing each child and tailoring the activity to their own ability.