Forest School Practitioners
Forest Schools at St Giles
One of St Giles key focusses is Outdoor Learning. We believe outdoor learning has numerous benefits and positively feeds back into the classroom environment!
Forest School is something that has been introduced as of September 17, and is a fantastic way of supporting emotional and physical development. We want to encourage and inspire our pupils through exposing them to fun and creative outdoor experiences. Children will have the opportunity to learn about the natural environment, managing risk, problem solve and use their initiative and imagination!
Forest Schools is delivered every Tuesday in the Woodland area at the back of Carlyle infant school. We are aiming for every class to access Forest Schools, where we will be engaging is lots of different activities as part of our creative curriculum. Some of the activities include: Building homes/dens, mini beast hunts, exploring/experimenting with different materials and investigating natural environment (and many more!).
'The best classroom and the richest cupboard is roofed only by the sky' Margaret McMillan.
At St Giles we believe it is important for all children to have the opportunity to access and enjoy the benefits of outdoor learning. Our children can explore the world outside the classroom in a safe and stimulating environment with a variety of unique spaces. We understand and promote that experiencing these spaces is an essential part of learning and social development.
St Giles are excited to be running Gardening Club sessions once a week. These sessions offer children the opportunity to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem through hands on learning experiences in the outdoors. Access to During Gardening Club children are encouraged explore through their natural curiosity, develop key life skills and above all have fun.
This half term we will be learning about our senses in the outdoors, how plants grow and who lives outside!
Dovegate Prison Guard trainees joined us at St Giles as part of their community contribution to build a sensory path for the children. The pupils have loved exploring moving in different ways, touching different materials and plants and smelling the different herbs as they walk along. Thank you Dovegate!
As part of the Woodland Trusts Free Trees for Schools Project St Giles has planted 60 trees in our top garden and down on our play field. During the 60th Anniversary celebrations small groups of pupils from different classes helped plant all the trees. We look forward to helping and watching our trees grow.
St Giles would like to say thank you to those who have supported us in our journey to creating our outdoor learning experience.