Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.
Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.
At Forest School all participants are viewed as:
- Equal, unique and valuable
- Competent to explore & discover
- Entitled to experience appropriate risk and challenge
- Entitled to choose, and to initiate and drive their own learning and development
- Entitled to experience regular success
- Entitled to develop positive relationships with themselves and other people
- Entitled to develop a strong, positive relationship with their natural world
- Forest School is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than a one-off or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session.
- Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
- Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.
- Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
- Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
- Forest School is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.
Forest School has been so successful that from September 2018 it is accessible to all students at Lampard Community School.
This year the Upper School Land Studies group are working hard to try to make our school garden into something special
Some of our ideas include growing fruit and veg to use in the school kitchens, growing a hedge for the boundary of the garden, building a performance space and an outdoor teaching space and growing flowers to encourage pollinators into our garden.
Each person in our group is in charge of a different space or job and you can read about what is going on from week to week here on our blog.
Keep checking in regularly and we’ll see you in the garden soon!
- 04/02/19This week Upper School came out to Forest School. It was a very wet cold day so students did some wand making in the yurt with the fire lit and we also lit the fire in the new shelter for the first time and cooked hot dogs. All the students really enjoyed themselves despite the weather and talked...Read Full Story
Forest School - January UpdateWe have had a busy start to the term in Forest School, classes have been coming out to the area each afternoon and taking part in a range of different activities. Upper School have been making necklaces using handsaws and drills and making new pathways in the area. Middle School have be...Read Full Story
Gardening ClubMrs Henwood amazingly got a huge box of bulbs sent to us for FREE for our gardening club to plant, courtesy of ‘Bulbs for Kids’. The students have been planting them all around the garden and also potted some to sell once they start to bloom!Read Full Story
Land Studies Update by RockyThis is a photo of the kitchen garden, it doesn’t look like much because it’s where the school dumped its trash over the years. The rubbish will be cleared soon. If the land studies group aren’t lazy. A photo of our latest bug hotel, there is one in the forest but no one car...Read Full Story
Sensory GardenAn amazing new beginning for our sensory garden!! Students from the National Citizenship Scheme along with Mrs Henwood and Miss Hailstone worked hard to transform our sensory garden. Even though the plants are fresh and young, there are things to touch, smell, hear and pla...Read Full Story
Summer Shelter BuilderOver the summer holidays some students, along with their families came into school to take part in a shelter build day. Each family had a go at various activities such as striping bark, cutting timber, learning to use a flint and steel and cooking toast on the campfire. It gave our students the chan...Read Full Story
Upper School Land StudiesUpper School Land Studies group have been working extremely hard this school year to grow produce and plants. They are so excited to announce that they have managed to grow/growing cauliflowers, lettuces, carrots, beetroot, tomatoes, potatoes, beans, peas and different flowers, all from seed...Read Full Story