Welcome to our outdoor learning page! We have a fully qualified Level 3 Forest School practitioner on-site every day (Mrs Farrell) 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).
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. Linked to their science curriculum, year 2 have been learning about micro-habitats and enjoyed creating mini beast homes, seeking new microhabitats and learning about how animals survive.
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. Year 3 have focused greatly on skeletons learning new vocabulary such as vertebrate, inveterate and exoskeletons. They have been using this new knowledge to create their own mini beasts with clay and write poems in English. In year 4 the children have the opportunity to learn how to cook on a fire and build dens learning specific knots. The children enjoy their sessions and are always keen to go out and explore more.