Forest School Learning

Forest School Ethos

At St Columba’s we provide the children with the opportunity to regularly participate in a Forest School program, alongside a fully qualified and skilled Forest School leader (Miss O’Connor.) All of our ‘Forest School’ sessions are based within our own natural grounds.

Children in Nursery and Reception have weekly sessions in the Forest School environment throughout the year, whilst children in Year 1 and Year 2 have a term dedicated to outdoor learning for an afternoon a week.

This commitment is based on our belief that each child is unique and independently competent. The Forest school program promotes holistic learning experiences that contribute significantly to the development of the whole child. This is done by providing a creative, stimulating and child-centered natural environment which allows the children time to experiment with real life first hand experiences that develop independent thinking and social interactions.

The Forest School ethos is created by a number of overlapping factors, illustrated by the diagram below.

Why not scroll through some of our class blogs to find out more!