Forest school is outdoor, nature-based learning that supports play, exploration and supported risk taking. Observation, rather than direction, is key and children learn to care for the natural environment through their activities.
Forest school is a regular, long-term process, rather than a one-off. It helps children develop many skills that are hard to teach in the classroom and ties in with many areas of the National Curriculum (e.g., studying mini beasts and plant life relates to the science curriculum).
Mrs Legg started teaching at MFJS in September 2020, just a few months after starting her training to become a Forest School Leader. Upon discovering our Eco Area, she asked if she could develop it to create a brand-new outdoor learning environment for the students to use and enjoy. The School Leadership Team embraced this, and we started work on the site.
Some benefits of Forest School are:
Further information about Forest School can be found on this website:
Mrs Legg’s plans are to run Forest School sessions until June 18th, 2021. Her hope is to establish the Forest School so that it continues for years to come at Manor Farm Community Junior School.