At Carcroft Primary School we have partnered with Forest School at Children's University to run frequent 'Nurture Group' workshops which last 8 weeks at a time, these groups run from Y3 - Y6.
This is where children participate in activities and games designed to build self-esteem, communication skills, independence and self- confidence through an appreciation of the natural environment. The ethos of Forest Schools is to allow children the time and space to develop skills, interests and understanding with practical, hands-on experiences in a natural environment. Children will use tools, play, learn boundaries of behaviour both physical and social, grow in confidence and self-esteem and become self-motivated.
To encourage emotional and physical development through outdoor learning, the children are given the opportunity to learn in, and about the natural environment, how to handle risks presented to them and to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others.
Qualified Forest School practitioners ensure that all the policies and procedures are in place to run a safe and effective Forest School. The practitioners will lead the children skilfully through challenging activities over a period of regular visits giving children the chance to develop confidence in our outdoor environment.
The sessions have been developed over a number of years allowing children to explore and develop at their own pace and within their own learning styles. The sessions link to the National Curriculum.
At the end of a course, children are presented with a 'Children's University Passport' to encourage them to continue to take part in extracurricular activities outside of school.
During the childrens adventures at Forest School this term they were given the opportunity to use high quality cameras to take photos of their environment. As you will be able to see, we have some particularly arty looking shots!