Woodpecker Forest School at St James' Infants is organised and led by Mel Shackleton, Maria Ingram and Tricia King supported by Alison Robbs de la Hoyde and Ruth Bentley.
We aim to give every child the opportunity to experience forest school during their time at St James. The idea of Forest School was developed in Scandinavia in the 1950s and is a programme of repeated visits to a woodland area. The children are enabled to have freedom to develop their own learning. The adult’s role is as a facilitator to provide resources and teaching skills by modelling good practice in skills acquisition. The ethos of Forest School is relaxed, non-threatening and child-led with a strong emphasis on allowing the children to have uninterrupted time to become completely absorbed (flow) in what they are doing.
Principle 1: Forest School is a long-term process of frequent and regular sessions in a woodland or natural environment, rather than a one-off visit. Planning, adaptation, observations and reviewing are integral elements of Forest School.
Principle 2: Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural wooded environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
Principle 3: Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
Principle 4: Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
Principle 5. Forest School is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.
Principle 6. Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for development and learning.
The children spotted a Goldcrest, a Robin, a Blackbird, a Woodpecker and a Wren when they were at Forest School.
We are taking part in the Big Schools' Birdwatch. You can join the Big Garden Birdwatch by clicking here: http://www.rspb.org.uk/