Forest School

Forest School Curriculum

 Intent:

To achieve the best together is our aim at Belton C of E Primary School.  We do this through our strong underpinning of the Christian values of hope, peace, forgiveness, love, friendship and trust coupled with the British values of liberty, freedom, community, tolerance, respect and law.  We want to ensure that the pupils can be the very best they can be and become responsible, confident individuals who are well equipped for the future. 

A way in which we achieve this aim is to use one of our great school assets; the wonderful availability of the Leicestershire countryside within our school grounds.  Every pupil is given the opportunity to learn and develop using the forest school approach with our fully qualified level 3 Forest School Leader (with QTS).

It has been widely documented that the Covid19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the mental wellbeing of children.  Anxiety, loneliness, depression, boredom, isolation and uncertainty are all said to have taken their toll on our children today.  Going forward, evidence suggests that routine and structure, a sense of control, having things to do, contact with friends and extra support to socialise, physical activity, learning new skills and outdoor play will help our children recover.

Therefore, our forest school provision aims to provide just that to every pupil in our school.  For an hour each week, we will concentrate on eight important areas of outdoor learning; Core Values, Environmental Education, Outdoor Skills, Species Identification, Knots and Lashings, Reflect and Review, Tool Tasks and Firepit Finesse.  These eight areas of learning are further split into skills within each section as explained below.