Oakridge School is fortunate enough to have its own Forest School site in the school grounds and a trained Forest School Leader.
This year, all reception children have had the chance to take part in Forest School sessions. They have learned about the rules and boundaries of the site; to assess and manage risks; to protect nature and to create with natural materials. Each week, the children carried out a safety sweep to identify any hazards and reminded each other of the rules. They have taken part in activities, such as hill rolling, tree climbing, woodland arts and crafts, digging and planting, mud painting, bird-watching and mini-beast hunting. The children have enjoyed looking closely at the site and noticing the changes that have taken place across the seasons. They have run excitedly up the hill to check if the birds have eaten the feeders made and left by them the previous week. They have grown in courage and resilience; climbing a little higher each week and getting a little muddier each time. They have demonstrated tenacity and team work when working together to build dens and structures and persevered to make them stable. They have supported and encouraged each other and grown in confidence. These sessions have brought out different sides of the children’s characters and helped to build on their skills and knowledge from the classroom. It has been a pleasure to watch and guide the children through this process.
We have even earned a Gold Green Tree Award from the Woodland Trust for all our hard work.