Outdoor Learning/Forest Schools
Outdoor Learning/Forest School
Aim: To provide children with unique opportunities in the outdoor environment that allow them to self-initiate their own learning while collaborating with their peers.
How does the intervention work?: The sessions will be lead by Mrs Chalker(Forest School leader) along with teachers/LSAs who will support the sessions. Children will be given some starting points (e.g. scenarios, stories or games) to inspire their learning but then they may select different learning journeys according to their choices as well as learning attitudes. During the sessions, there will be opportunities for children to review and evaluate their strategies, attitudes and skills so that they become more self-aware of their performance and actions.
Selection criteria: Children are selected according to their overall engagement in the classroom. Those children who benefit from kinesthetic and active learning often struggle within the physical constraints of the classroom setting. Having more freedom in the outdoor environment, provides them with a more dynamic space in which they can move and make choices in learning. Children who struggle with social interactions and communication skills are also selected and can gain a huge amount of confidence within these sessions that are more fluid and less prescribed
Measuring impact: Raised self-esteem and confidence applied to the classroom setting. The children should improve their social interactions and have more awareness of their own contribution.