Forest School is an essential part of the West Rise experience. It is embedded in our curriculum and promotes our school’s character traits: perseverance/resilience, respect, kindness, teamwork, gratitude and a love for learning.
Both children and adults have time to regularly connect with nature. They visit the marsh, the local park or school grounds each week, whatever the weather. It is challenging, character building and fun! Whether working in sub-zero temperatures, warm sun, howling wind or knee-deep mud, the enthusiasm and enjoyment of the group never wanes.
Each child takes part in Forest School doing one session a week for four weeks at a time across the year. They work together in groups of 15 within their class groups and sometimes go across as a whole class, along with their teacher. Our Forest School activities are nature inspired and include: fire building and lighting, green woodworking, pond dipping, bird watching, bug hunting, nature based crafts and games.
Helen Stringfellow and Sonia Robinsons are the forest school team.
See our Forest School blog for more.