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Forest School at Littleton


What is Forest School and what are the benefits to my child?
“Forest School is a child-centred inspirational learning process, that offers opportunities for holistic growth through regular sessions. It is a long-term program that supports play, exploration and supported risk   taking. It develops confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting – Forest School Association”.

Who will be Leading Forest School?
At Littleton we have made a deliberate decision to build forest school in our core  curriculum offer and our planning budget because we believe, (particularly post pandemic) that children need to be reconnected with the natural   environment. We are blessed to have amazing grounds we can utilise for these sessions. Each session will be delivered by Miss Lissenden whom is now a qualified Level 3 Forest School Leader.

What is the difference between Forest School?
Forest School is an inspirational process that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on-experiences in a woodland or natural environment. Forest School allows our learners to take calculated risks in a supported environment. Forest School at Littleton will be skills based and may have some links to their classroom learning. These skills include, den building, fire lighting and cooking, using tools, tree climbing and so many more.

When will my child have Forest School?
Forest School will occur once a week at Littleton and each week Miss Lissenden will be leading a new group of learners across the whole school. Outdoor learning will take place four days a week with the class Miss Lissenden is directly working with that half term. Every class and learner will have an opportunity for this throughout the year.

How will I know when my child has Forest School?
When your child has Forest School you will be notified via the class learning letter the week prior. Some Forest School sessions will be mixed year groups to further aid the social development, self-regulation and problem solving skills of each learner.

What happens if it is raining, will Forest School go ahead?
Forest School will go ahead in all seasons including snow and rain, all bar extreme weather  conditions, for example lightning and winds above 23-31 mph. The children will be reminded of the importance of letting a grown-up know if they are cold, wet or too hot. Each session the children will be closely monitored.    Littleton does have some spare waterproofs available but will encourage each child to have their own waterproofs ready.

Will my child need anything specific for Forest School and Outdoor Learning?
Forest School will require you child to have a spare change of clothes to change into that will get muddy, this includes; long trousers (all year round), long sleeve top, water proof coat and trousers or all in one suit, spare socks and wellington boots (forest can be wet all year round).

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask a Littleton Team Member