St Peters is very fortunate to run Forest school sessions on the school grounds in the heart of the City. We follow the Forest school ethos to create a safe and fun environment where children are free to explore whilst in nature.
Classes from Reception to year 5 have a term of Forest school each year and at the end of each term, the class celebrates with cooking on the fire.
‘The ethos of Forest School is based on a fundamental respect for children and young people and for their capacity to instigate, test and maintain curiosity in the world around them.’ (Forest School ethos and principles) Forest school learning believes in children's right to play; the right to access the outdoors (and in particular a woodland environment); the right to access risk and the vibrant reality of the natural world; and the right to experience a healthy range of emotions, through all the challenges of social interaction, to build a resilience that will enable continued and creative engagement with their peers and their potential.
Forest School is based more on the process of learning than it is on the content - more on the 'how' than the 'what'. This means that genuine Forest School practice steps boldly out of the shadow and limitation of 'planned activities' and ventures collaboratively into the realms of the unplanned, unexpected and ultimately unlimited. Children and young people are given encouragement to direct their own learning.
St Peters Forest School aims to:
- Ø Develop personal and social skills
- Ø Use tools to manage, build and create.
- Ø Discover how they learn best.
- Ø Experience achievements and success.
- Ø Develop their language and communication skills.
- Ø Work through practical problems and challenges.
- Ø Learn how to manage failures.
- Ø Improve physical motor skills.
- Ø Build confidence in decision-making and evaluating risk.