Forest School is an inspirational process that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.
We are very fortunate to have a large area of woodland behind our school – in Gomm's Wood. The Chiltern Rangers have developed a designated area for Forest School lessons to take place which has been fully risk assessed.
In order to deliver a high quality Forest School experience we work in partnership with Chiltern Forest School: http://chilternforestschool.co.uk/
This means that we have an allocated Forest School Leader from Chiltern Forest School who leads sessions for Years 1-3, alongside the support staff that usually work with the children in their classroom setting.
At Ash Hill the annual programme for Forest School is as follows:
Year 3 – Autumn Term
Year 2 – Spring Term
Year 1 – Summer Term
For Forest School sessions the children work in a smaller group of 15 and are out in the woods from 12:30 until 3pm.
Parents are informed by letter detailing when their children will have Forest School and will also be given a kit list for their child. The children are asked to come to school with their Forest School clothing in a named carrier bag on their allocated day.