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Forest School

Here at Bishop Henderson School, as part of the school curriculum, we offer our children the opportunity to take part in Forest School sessions.

 

Forest School takes place outdoors on our school site. It adopts a holistic approach to learning that combines a child’s social, emotional, physical, intellectual, language and communication, creative and spiritual growth. Social and emotional development is at the forefront at Forest School as such skills are crucial for all children, in all aspects of their lives, in order to give them the best opportunity to progress and learn.

 

We engage in all sorts of games and activities including creating pictures and models using natural materials, making shelters, caring for the environment and wildlife, minibeast hunting and identification, cooking on the fire and more!

 

For more information regarding Forest School, copies of the Forest School letters and to view photographs of our ongoing learning, please see our school website: http//www.bishophenderson.co.uk/forest-school-1/

Photographs and observations will also be shared via ‘Tapestry’.

 

In Early Years, Forest School will run on a Tuesday afternoon and on an alternate half termly rota between the two classes. Class 1 for the rest of this half term and Class 2 after half term.

 

For Forest School, waterproof dungarees that go over the top of the children’s school uniform are provided here at school for them. We aim to go outside in all weathers therefore please can you provide for your child:

 

* A pair of wellies (named). These can be left at school on the class welly rack.

 

* A waterproof coat – we ask for one of these  every week, whatever the weather, so that the whole class can continue outside if the weather changes. You may wish to send your child with a coat that is different from their school coat. If so, please can you ensure your child is aware of this.

 

*A spare pair of socks.

 

*A hat, scarf and gloves when the weather becomes colder – or a sun hat and sun cream when it is sunny.

 

Names on all clothes and footwear are essential. Items may get wet and dirty so please only send clothes which are suitable for this purpose.

 

Please send your child to school in their school uniform, as normal, on a Tuesday, with their Forest School items in a bag.

 

Please can we ask you to complete and return the attached permission slip to your child’s class teacher as soon as possible, to ensure we have the most up to date information for our records.

 

If you have any questions or queries, please do ask.

 

Ruth Steed and Helen Frounks 21st September 2021

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