At Danesholme Infant Academy we are really proud that all the children get to take part in Forest Schools during their time in school.
The children become familiar with nature, learning to recognise, name and describe the trees and plants on our school site and beyond. They also get opportunities to use tools under the careful supervision of the teachers allowing them to take risks while learning practical new skills.
During the Spring term, the children look for signs of new life, existing habitats and evidence of animals on our grounds and in local woods. All our learning is linked with finding out how the world around us changes with the passing of the seasons. Sessions always provide children with a mixture of activities such as games to teach them about nature; building structures – large and small; finding, identifying and recording what they find and making items from natural materials to take home.
At the end of each block of Forest Schools we always celebrate with a campfire. Here the children learn how to be safe around a fire and of course, how to cook on it! We enjoy toasties, popcorn or teacakes to keep our energy levels up! Finally, we learn how to put out the fire and make it safe before we leave the area.
Each group of children also get the opportunity to visit woods to experience being in a larger woodland. Here they get to experience forest school activities in a more wild and natural environment. All of this helps our children to take managed risks, learn about the outdoors and enjoy a healthier time at school.