Forest Schools at Middlethorpe Academy

Ethos:

We believe that children and young people are stimulated by the outdoors and typically experience, over time, an increase in their self-belief, confidence, learning capacity, enthusiasm, communication and problem-solving skills and emotional well-being. Forest School experiences are built upon the Middlethorpe Foundations of BLP, T4L and AfL, as with all other learning experiences at the academy

Who and where?

Forest Schools at Middlethorpe is planned and led by Lisa Ballard who has Forest School’s Practitioner L3 qualification. Middlethorpe Copse is located at the top of the  academy field and is the perfect location for our outdoor learning adventures.

Experiences and outcomes:

Forest School is predominantly an active learning programme that helps children to create using the outdoor environment. It encourages children to be in  control of their own learning and develop interdependence. It enthuses children and engineers opportunities for then to share their ideas, create, build,  problem solve and gives them a sense of purpose and achievement.The boundary games and safety rules, give opportunities for children to be exposed to risks whilst developing an understanding of how to follow rules and why. These sessions allow all children regardless of age, gender or ability to develop and succeed. Children are offered opportunities to be reflective, discuss their achievements and put improve on previous learning.

Benefits and skills

The areas of benefit identified by a number of studies reflect
the outcomes which time and again are associated with Forest School:

  • Increased self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Improved social skills
  • The development of language and communication skills
  • Improved physical motor skills
  • Improved motivation and concentration

Increased knowledge and understanding of the environment