Forest School is a wonderful opportunity for our children to experience nature and the outdoors in a safe, secure and hands on way. Our Forest School is in a small piece of local woodland. The children in our Reception Class go to Forest School each week and are encouraged to investigate, explore and respect the woodland. Activities include feeding the birds, red squirrels and hedgehog, as well as bug hunting and creating marvelous mud pies and of course hide and seek.
The Children in Years 1 to 6 also get the opportunity to return to forest school for 3 sessions in the Year. These sessions are used to support their learning in Class.
Here at Frizington, we are so lucky with our location, being just minutes from the beach and the forest, we also use the Beach at for Beach School activities. Because Beach School is effected by tide times, in the Summer months, our Reception children alternate between the two Schools. We also try to offer children in Years 1-6, opportunities to go to the Beach to support their topic work and learning.
Our Year 6 pupils attend Forest School in the second half of the Summer Term to achieve the John Muir Discovery Award. This Award encourages the children to Discover a wild place, Explore it, Conserve it for the future and then Share what they have done with others. Over the past 5 years children have encouraged red squirrels and hedgehogs to come into our Forest school. They have provided homes for birds and bats, created bug hotels and habitat piles. Obtaining their Discovery Award is a wonderful way to give the Children in our school accreditation for the outdoor learning that they do over their time with us.
At Beach schools we enjoy rock pooling and learning about the creatures that live on our coast line. As well as building sand castles, creating art with the pebbles, playing follow my leader and wide games on the beach. High lights from last year are seeing a pod of porpoise swimming in the sea, watching sea kayakers sort their gear and launch their boats, making and flying kites, as well as rock pooling and finding crabs, anemones, fish and sea snails to name but a few.