Forest School at Cardinal Newman School is a long-term programme which aims to equip children with skills for life-long learning. In a different context from the classroom, children are given the freedom to explore their emotional intelligence and understand their own feelings. This enables them to develop social skills and perseverance giving them the determination to achieve in an environment that is non-threatening where they can learn from their own mistakes. They are motivated to become creative problem solvers.
Children are taught to use tools such as bow saws, sheaf knives and secateurs and work as part of a team to make things such as, benches, musical instruments and shelters. They learn by being part of the process rather than focusing on the end product.
Forest School was introduced in 2014 and enhances the Creative Curriculum with links to Science, Design Technology, Literacy and Maths
Here are some of the things our children have said about Forest School:
“I love Forest School and wish I could do it next year.”
“I have really enjoyed learning to tie knots so that I can make shelters.”
“Forest School is cool… especially lighting a Kelly Kettle to make warm drinks.”
“I’ve never used a bow saw before and loved sawing logs for by bench.”