We believe that Outdoor Learning is paramount to our students’ well-being. Forest School is an outdoor education where our students have the chance to visit natural spaces to learn personal, social and technical skills. At Forest School the children use the woods and forest to build independence and self-esteem.
All of our students from Lower Reception to Year Two participate in regular ‘Forest School” lessons. Each term our Lower Reception Class go by coach in small groups to Wimbledon Common for Forest school. They are led by an experienced Wild Learning Leader and together with their teachers, enjoy having adventures and exploring the outdoors.
Our Upper Reception class to Year Two are led by our own EDS Forest School Leader, who takes them out to explore the local woodlands of Tooting Bec and Wandsworth Common on a termly basis.
FOREST SCHOOL YR 2
It was a cold but dry day, although there were lots of muddy puddles because it had rained heavily the night before. The children were so sensible crossing the road and learning about the rules at forest school. Then they trudged through mud and found a clearing and played two games – ‘1,2,3, where are you?’ and ‘Eagle Eye’. This was followed by a fun balancing activity which was really muddy! After the fun activities, the class needed to have a break. To everyone’s delight, the snack turned out to be biscuits and hot chocolate! Delicious! After that, the children had to find treasure in the forest. Each child had to find one piece of wood that had a picture attached to it and once all of pictures were found, the class created a story. It was a very imaginative one with superheroes, pirates and treasure. After that, the children used the objects they had found earlier to create some natural art. The session concluded with the children taking pictures of their art on the iPads and sharing their abstract creations with each other. The first forest school session was so much fun.