Forest School

Our Aims:
At Burton Green, we are proud to provide all children, from Nursery to Year Six, the opportunity to investigate and discover the outdoors whilst nurturing meaningful experiences for wellbeing with a life-long impact.

Forest School encourages and develops a wide range of skills, attitudes and competencies. Through weekly outdoor learning sessions our aim is to ensure our children develop a genuine love of nature and the outdoors. Our pupils readily talk about the overwhelmingly positive impact Forest School has on their sense of wellbeing with teachers reporting the positive impact these learning sessions can have on pupil’s concentration and motivation in other curriculum areas.

With guidance and support from the Nature Friendly Schools program, run through Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, we have developed our school grounds to promote outdoor learning and staff have had training in green woodworking and campfire skills.

In Early Years:
Forest School sessions enable pupils to engage with nature through a blend of free exploration and guided activities that build knowledge and skills. Through these outdoor sessions children learn important lessons about safety and risk taking, species identification and an introduction to basic shelter building and gardening skills. Children also learn to distinguish between the features of creatures at a young age.

Key Stage One:
As children enter Key Stage One, they will build upon the previously learnt knowledge and skills and will have opportunities to independently create and construct. They also have opportunities to investigate and identify wildlife in the school grounds whilst observing seasonal changes and developing their vocabulary around nature. Our thriving pond and willow bird hyde provide our children with first hand opportunities to identify and learn about nature and species identification.

Key Stage Two:
At Key Stage Two our children continue to build upon their knowledge and skills whilst learning outdoors. They will develop their skills when building shelters and be able to assess effectiveness of structures, identify a wider range of species and create habitats to support eco systems. Children will begin to experience firepit sessions where they create and attend to a fire safely and take part in fireside cooking activities.

Check out our amazing Forest School activities!

We spent a lovely afternoon at Forest Schools with @BG_Hedgehogs. Spending time exploring nature is so good for our self-confidence, self esteem and our physical and mental health. #BGForestSchool #BGPSHE #BGEYFS

Exploring the changing season, climbing, sharing stories and drinking hot chocolate 🌳 Forest School afternoons are so good for the soul 🤍 #BGForestSchool #BGPSCHE

What a wonderful afternoon spent in the forest 🌳
There’s nothing like being in the outdoors to boost everyone’s mood and bring smiles to all faces 🤍🦔 #BGForestSchool #BGPSCHE

We started with a maths trail in Forest School, counting, making shapes and finding Numberblocks! #BGForestSchool #BGMaths

We took part in the #BigGardenBirdWatch2023 today! We went down to Forest School with our binoculars, identification charts and ‘The Big Book Of Birds’ and waited at our bird hide. We’ve learned lots about birds today! #BGForestSchool #BGScience 🪶🪺🦔

We have enjoyed the rainy weather and puddle hunting during Forest School, looking for the deepest and widest puddles! #BGForestSchool

It was a beautiful afternoon to explore Forest School. The first trip of many for some of our new Fox Cubs. Our older children enjoyed pointing out which trees were apple and which were pear and talking about why the trees are bare! #BGForestSchool #BGEYFS

The first afternoon being back at school had to be in the forest! Potions, magic wands and pumpkins for Halloween! We had such a lovely time! #BGForestSchool

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