We are very fortunate that Hever is surrounded by nature. We are inspired to embrace this opportunity for learning and make Forest School a core part of our school culture. We have use of a wonderful woodland site adjacent to the school, as well as our on-site nature area.
Forest School builds on a child's innate motivation and positive attitude to learning, offering them the opportunities to initiate play, make choices and learn from their mistakes. Regular Forest School sessions provide opportunities for children to develop self-awareness, self- confidence, social skills forming positive relationships and develop strategies in order to take risks within the boundaries of safety. The setting allows children to engage with the natural environment, offering a unique teaching and learning experience in an ever-changing landscape.At Hever we offer weekly Forest School sessions for early years Reception and Year 1 children with a view to delivering to KS2 in the near future.What is Forest School?'Forest School is an inspirational process that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem, through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.' (Forest School Association)
Hever CEP Forest School ETHOS
- Our Forest School ethos at Hever Church of England Primary School, is centered around respect of the learner and their ability to explore, investigate and discover the natural environment that surrounds them.
- By allowing the children to develop through their right to play, we encourage and develop life experiences across a holistic healthy range of emotions, through social interaction, ability to access risk and build resilience as well as encourage and develop imaginative play, creativity, and learn new skills and discover new experiences, all in a natural outdoors environment.
- Whilst there is an element of structure to the sessions, Forest School is child centred, we accept unplanned and unexpected learning experiences are to be encouraged. The Leader observes how the children respond to their surroundings and peer group in the outdoors and plans in the moment to develop this.
- The woodland setting is central to this dynamic way of learning through the changing of the seasons and natural changes to the environment. Children are able to discover and investigate a wealth of stimuli, such as smell, texture, sound, visual and sense. Forest School also develops children’s understanding of the global, historical, cultural, spiritual, mythological association of the forest woodland through time and how best to respect, maintain and ultimately appreciate this natural environment for generations to come.
What we do at Forest School
Whilst we deliver a programme of age appropriate planned sessions the overarching Forest School ethos is to create a safe and nurturing environment with the key object being Play and Choice. We encourage pupils to independently explore the natural environment helping to promote the use of literacy, numeracy and PSHE through child-led activities.
Some of the planned activities of Forest School are as follows:-
- Discovering and learning about our natural environment/wildlife habitats and how to protect it- Sensory and wellbeing activities- Problem solving, working as a team, or as an individual through games and tasks- Physical activities, such as negotiating obstacles and tree climbing- Art, crafts and tool making using natural resources- Natural den building- Safe fire making- Campfire cooking- Safe use of tools- Knot tying- Shelter building
Please view the ‘Latest News’ link on our home page to see what we have been doing at Hever CEP Forest School recently...
Forest School StaffingHannah Harris - Forest School Leader· Early Years Teacher· Forest School Leadership Level 3 Practitioner· 16 Hour ITC Forest School First Aid Certificate
Ruth Gray - Forest School Leader· Early Years Teacher· Forest School Leadership Level 3 Practitioner· 16 Hour ITC Forest School First Aid CertificateJames Rogers - Forest School Leader· Teaching Assistant· Forest School Level 2 & Level 3 Leadership Practitioner· 16 Hour ITC Forest School First Aid Certificate
Other support staff will be teaching assistants who will have, or be working towards, the Level 1 Forest School Practitioner introductory course.
Forest School Further InformationParent / Carer Permission Form & Clothing List