Subject leader: Leanne Humphries
Forest School/ Life Skills
‘Forest School is a child-centred inspirational learning process, that offers opportunities for holistic growth through regular sessions. It is a long-term program that supports play, exploration and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting’ (Forest School Association).
At Charing Primary Forest School, we provide children with an enriched natural/ woodland environment to offer each user the opportunity to develop holistically. They will become part of a Forest School community which strives to develop physical and mental well-being. Children are encouraged to self-direct their learning through play and exploration whilst learning new skills which will support their ongoing development from childhood through to adulthood. Users will support the sustainable future of the Forest School through education, by helping to maintain it, and by respecting and encouraging the wildlife and habitats that it exhibits.
In addition to Forest School, children will develop life skills in gardening, cooking and crafting. Children will be encouraged to build on existing skills and develop new skills, enabling them to explore new interests. Life Skills will be integrated into Forest School sessions but may take place in the classroom.