Forest School ~Progression and skills map (Reception to Year 6)
At Wolvey C of E Primary School, we believe that outdoor learning enables our children to develop and nurture their self-esteem, confidence and our schools values and learning dispositions, where every child has the opportunity to achieve their holistic, full potential in a learner-led enabling environment. Wolvey pupils have the opportunity to learn through experience in a hands on manner, to develop fine and gross motor skills and proprioception, to assess and manage risk, to practice and achieve, to enquire and investigate, whilst embracing the physical and personal challenges that working outside can present.
Your child will be taught in the forest school by Mrs Spann - who is a trained forest school leader. Every three weeks on a Monday your child will have a 3-hour session in the forest. They can come to school in their waterproofs and change at lunchtime, or they can bring them with them and get changed after lunch. That is why you'll often see Wolvey children in the village walking to school in their wellies!
Wellbeing and emotional literacy is an integral part of Wolvey’s outdoor learning sessions. Children are encouraged to express their feelings, and emotional literacy language is modelled through books, circle time discussions and responses to real events as they happen. Children are encouraged to talk to one another, to express their feelings and to problem solve in order to move through a challenge or negative state of being. Each session includes a mindful meditation/circle space where children have the opportunity to share and listen.
The school outdoor learning area includes a wild area, a fire circle, mud kitchen, pond and bird hide, and a wooded area with rope swings, a hammock and loose parts play equipment. Class teachers are encouraged to use the outdoor space to make real life curriculum links and take learning outdoors. Staff have received training on linking outdoor learning to the curriculum from Learning through Landscapes.
In addition to the outdoor learning area, the school also has a village allotment, a whole class amphitheatre fire circle area and a newly planted wildflower bee meadow to encourage greater biodiversity on the school grounds.
It is our intention that every pupil develops a real passion for the great outdoors and celebrates their local, natural environment. We wish for every child to develop a knowledge and passion for their local habitat and how to look after and nurture it. Our outdoor learning motto is “We look after ourselves, each other, and all the living things.”
Transforming The Wildlife Area At Wolvey!
A big thank you to all of the parents and companies, who over the years, have helped us transform the wildlife area into the fantastic learning resource it is today for the children to enjoy.