Welcome to our outdoor learning page! We have a fully qualified Level 3 Forest School practitioner on-site every day (Miss Kinsey) and plenty of exciting learning happening in our woodland area. Forest school is a worldwide initiative used to help children develop their holistic skills. They learn about themselves and others and how to treat the world around them. Children come along and learn new skills as well as a focus on team work and communication to support their learning back in the classroom. We promote individuality, independence, team work and problem solving which the children take on board fully.
St Michael’s First School is set in large grounds offering a wealth of outdoor learning opportunity. To utilise this we are a Forest School with specific areas set aside for exciting outdoor activities such as camp fires, den building and learning how to use tools. Every child in the school has the opportunity to learn outdoors therefore suitable clothing is essential (when requested by their teachers). The children’s Forest School activities are documented in class workbooks and photographs which our children will proudly show off to you. We also use this website and our school Twitter page to share photographs and Forest School events. @StMichaelsStone
Year group work:
EYFS – Both nursery and reception use the woodland on weekly basis and the children have a fantastic time exploring. We undertake activities such as building stick houses for the gruffalo characters, plant and leaf hunts, mini beast hunts, drawing the woodland and exploring the changes through the seasons.
KS1 – In KS1 the children explore the outdoors in their science lessons looking at plants and changes through the seasons. The children have enjoyed a spring hunt looking for new signs of life discussing key terms and using this in their writing and maths. Year 2 children have the opportunity to join Forest club after school on Thursdays too where they learn to use tools with Miss Kinsey as well as team games. Maths outdoor is their next adventure!
KS2 – In KS2 the children extend their learning in the woodland learning about habitats, food chains, similarities and differences between deciduous woodland and rain forests as well as environmental art. The children enjoy their sessions and are always keen to go out and explore more.
Forest School sessions with Miss Kinsey this year:
EYFS – weekly
Year 1 & 4 – Autumn term, Summer term
Year 2 & 3 – Spring term and Summer term