Classroom Under the Sky

Our Forest School Vision:

To promote the holistic development of all our children so that children can become confident, resilient, independent and creative learners. We also aim to provide children with opportunities to be risk-takers so that they can become problem solvers in their own environment. The aim of our Forest School is to develop children’s knowledge of the world around them so that they can become curious and respectful. We want children to have the ability to explore, investigate and discover their natural environment and their own feelings.


We are very excited to be in the process of developing our Forest School area: "Classroom Under the Sky"
We have three members of staff who have trained to become Forest School Leaders: 
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                            Miss Parkinson                                                                           Mr Holt                                                                                     Mrs Burnett
The Forest School Leaders will work with Class Teachers to deliver High Quality sessions to each class. Classes will be timetabled to sessions throughout the year and parents will be informed prior to their sessions taking place. We will be making some links to our PSHE curriculum, during our Forest School sessions so that children can build and develop transferable skills. We will be linking it to our topics 'Being My Best' and 'Respect for All'.
What is Forest School? 
Forest School is a long-term outdoor inspirational process that is holistic and learner led. We are strong advocates that children benefit from being in the outdoor area. Forest School allows children to develop themselves through healthy engagement with risk-taking, problem-solving and self-discovery. Forest School sessions take place in the natural environment. For the maximum effect, Forest School needs to be regular and consistent. Therefor, at St James' we are planning it into the curriculum so that every child can access these sessions from EYFS through to Year 6. 
Video: A quick summary of what Forest School is according to the Forest School Association 
What are the principles of Forest School? 
There are six key principles that shape the Forest School ethos: 
  1. Forest School is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than one-off or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session.
  2. Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a lifelong relationship between the learner and the natural world.
  3. Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.
  4. Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
  5. Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
  6. Forest School is run by qualified Forest School practitioners, who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.
Aims and Objectives of Forest School at St James Lanehead:
  • To provide opportunities for curiosity, exploration and investigation. 
  • To inspire and motivate our learners. 
  • To enhance children’s communication skills and ability to work as a team. 
  • To equip children with love and respect for the outdoors. 
  • To develop healthy bodies and healthy minds.  
  • To develop independent learners.  
  • To build resilience, confidence and responsibility.  
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