What is Forest School?
Forest School is an inspirational concept providing learning opportunities through practical activities in an outdoor environment. Children enjoy the freedom to explore and experience the natural world in all seasons and in all weathers. Forest School embraces an approach of nurturing, supporting and developing the self-esteem of participants. It is an ideal environment in which to develop innovation, problem solving, risk taking, creativity and teamwork.
Pupils at Our Lady of Lourdes have at least one series of Forest School sessions during their time with us. From den building to tree climbing and from dam construction to blackberry picking, Forest School sessions foster a love of the outdoors.
Forest School is key to our school mission to listen to and act on the words of Pope Francis in Laudato Si. A love of Our Common Home is nurtured to ensure that we act to protect it.
The Year 3 Forest School group have been den building in the Dingles. We thought about temporary shelters that Stone Age people could have used.
The children learned to transport sticks and branches they found on the ground safely and effectively. There was excellent teamwork to get the dens built. Finding the perfect stick and putting it in just the right place is harder than it looks!
Is your den the right size? Any home comforts? Where would Stone Age people have made a fire?
Can you measure a puddle? Which part would you measure?
Year 3 found the deepest and shallowest points using sticks and their fingers. It took a lot of checking to compare depths at different points. The shallowest point was at the edge. Where would you expect to find the deepest point?
Next they tried to measure the length and width of their puddles. Without any tape measures, they needed to agree on a fair unit of measure. Footsteps seemed like a good idea but the children quickly realised that they had different totals each time someone new tried it. Using the length of a welly was more accurate so long as the same person measured each time.
How else could you measure a puddle?