Pupils loving new Church Lane ‘Forest School’

A new Forest School initiative is being launched at Church Lane School. EMN-150126-181505001
A new Forest School initiative is being launched at Church Lane School. EMN-150126-181505001

Sleaford’s Church Lane Primary School and Nursery has launched a ‘Forest School’ project.

The outdoor activities initiative provides opportunities for children to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through play, exploration and investigation with hands on learning experiences, in a woodland environment.

Reception children have been visiting Sleaford Woods in small groups. They have explored and identified natural objects, as well as singing and being creative in the forest.

The Early Years Foundation Stage staff say all children are showing a ‘can do’ attitude and are thoroughly enjoying new experiences.

Developed in Scandinavia and Scotland, Forest School follows the curriculum, but in an outdoor context, using learning and teaching strategies which raise self-esteem and develop confidence, independence and communication skills. The children have been learning how to assess and manage risks within the boundaries of safety.

This week the children have been collecting and identifying leaves and trees.

One pupil, Connor said: “I love going to Forest School and collecting things. We get to find out all about them. I can bring them back to school to show everyone.”

Fellow pupil Tara said: “At Forest School I can be with new friends.”