Forest School

At Holy Cross we believe that Forest School helps us to fulfil our mission to inspire, encourage and challenge children to become confident, independent learners. It provides them with experiences they may not otherwise get, and gives them the opportunity to build a deep connection with nature. We are extremely lucky at our school, as we have a large wooded area at the bottom of our school field perfect for running Forest School sessions. All children in Reception and KS1 have Forest school weekly, all year round.

Our Forest School learning environment provides opportunities for children to:

• Build on their innate motivation and positive attitude to learning
• Develop self-esteem and self-confidence
• Form positive relationships with others
• Build resilience and perseverance
• Develop a growing awareness of their emotional needs and the needs of others
• Learn to cooperate and work with their peers and adults
• Develop strategies in order to take risks within the boundaries of safety
• Learn specific skills such as tool use
• Develop knowledge and appreciation of the natural world and a forest environment
• Develop creative thinking and problem solving
• Build on their imagination and creativity


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