The Early Years Foundation Stage document stresses the importance of quality experiences in the outdoors to a child’s development, ‘Being outdoors has a positive impact on children’s sense of well-being and helps all aspects of children’s development.’
Forest School is an innovative educational approach. The philosophy behind it believes that children’s contact with nature and the natural world is a very important factor in their development. Recently there has been much research about the way in which modern life has moved away from the natural world and become more and more immersed in electronics and more and more people have lost this natural love of, and affinity for the natural world. At Wray Pre-School we recognise that young children have not yet lost this sense of awe and wonder, indeed it is within them – we see it as our role to provide the context that will let this shine and grow, remaining with them into adulthood.
Our forest school group has a maximum of 8 children per session with two members of staff. Our forest school sessions are led by Jan, our fully qualified forest school leader.
Please have a look at our forest school booklet for more information.
When the weather is at its coldest then we will begin our forest school session inside.
For example, map drawing inside which we can then use on our walk to forest school.
We have also done willow weaving, scarf making, jewellery making and observational drawing.
A fire and hot chocolate always warm us up.