With the support of Forest School Learning Initiative, Kingfishers, the Pre-Prep department, has set up its very own woodland Forest School, using the outdoor environment to engage and motivate children. Kingfishers children are at the protected site in all weathers; digging pits, searching for mini beasts, creating shelters for animals and working with natural materials, sometimes using tools for specific jobs, under the close surpervision of our Forest School Leader. Forest School provides children with small, achievable tasks, encouraging them to develop skills such as decision making, team work and problem-solving in a real life environment. All the activities are led by the childrens' interests, helping to develop their independence and self esteem.
Whatever the weather, the children embrace their weekly visits to Forest School with such enthusiasm! As part of our Science work, children make wormeries, go on exciting bug hunts and create maps of the location using natural materials. When learning about food, Forest School allows us to consider what plants, trees, nuts and seeds found around the site maybe eaten by the animals that live here. The children can even identify some of the trees and what they produce. The boys and girls develop their creative side by designing pictures and sculptures using natural items such as leaves, pinecones and conkers. Also, from the inspiration of the book “Not a Stick” the children see objects in a new imaginative way, for instance a stick maybe a horse or a paint brush!
The children work so hard in Forest School, their teamwork skills are excellent - particularly when sharing hot chocolate and biscuits back at base camp!