Mrs George has gained Forest School Association accreditation for our school this week (29th June). We are the second public school in Worcestershire to gain this.
Gareth Wyn Davies (CEO of the Forest School Association) says,
“Good Forest School practice is being followed by dedicated Forest School professionals all over the UK. We believe that the FSA Recognised Forest School Provider scheme will provide these schools and organisations with the means of demonstrating the quality of their work to parents and those who fund their work. It will also help promote their work as they will be found on the FSA publicly searchable map. Forest School is a distinct learning approach based on a set of 6 principles. The application process helps people identify those providers who are following good Forest School practice and distinguishes them from other outdoor education that is not Forest School.
We therefore congratulate Madresfield CE Primary School on their success at becoming an approved ‘good practice’ provider.”
Forest School is part of a holistic approach to learning. Through physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and relational experiences, children are given the opportunity to learn and grow in an outdoor setting. It gives them the freedom to learn at their own pace and without pressure.
Children will learn and acquire important life skills that will then support and enhance the learning taking place in the classroom.
By providing time and support, Forest School can help to encourage pupils to enjoy challenges rather than shy away from them. As children gain confidence their self esteem improves and this impacts their emotional and mental well-being.
Mrs George manages Madresfield’s Forest School sessions on a Monday and every other Tuesday afternoon.
The children enjoy activities such as tree climbing, clay modelling, den building, camp fire treat eating, potion stirring, mud painting and stick whittling.
We are creating a new Forest School area site on the school grounds. Thank you for supporting us through the Tesco ‘Bags of help’ scheme which raised over £2600 for our new area.
If you have a spare hour or two on a Monday afternoon, and enjoy being outdoors and working with children, please do get in touch with Mrs George via the School Office. Extra help means that the children can do many more activities.