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Forest School

What is it?

Forest School is a distinctive approach to learning which allows individual sof any age to engage with nature and the environment and to enjoy opportunities offered by natural play in stimulating, hands-on, creative outdoor experiences. What makes it unique is that it focuses on the development of the whole child and allows children to develop their own learning styles and develop at their own pace. It celebrates collaborative learning between adults, children and the environment. Forest School is a philosophy which focuses on a particular way of working with children in an outdoor environment in which learning takes place over a period of time, in regular sessions rather than one-off outdoor activities.

What happens at Helme C of E Academy?

Each week, every year groups has a Forest School afternoon. This is led by Mrs Clifford, our qualified Forest School Practitioner. the learning forllows the 6 Principles of Forest Schools, which were set by the Forest School Community

The benefits for our children are:

* Building confidence and independence

* Feeling empathy for others and nature

* Physical fitness

* Improved mental health

* Learning by experience

* Better sleep and mood

* Learning about spiritual meaning

This is not an exhaustive list, but just a summary

Please contact the office if you would like some more information.

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