Woodlanders Forest School
Woodlanders forest school is based at Druids Wood near Ashburton. It is run by Naomi, our Forest School Leader and supported by qualified staff who are experienced in working with children in outdoor settings. Forest school is based on the ethos of children learning and exploring using their natural environment. Everything has a very ‘hands on’ approach, where the children are encouraged to use tools, investigate the woodland, learn about wildlife, and experience camp fires. All activities aim to promote independence, self-esteem, and a real sense of the outdoor world.
Each session starts with a walk down to the site, which takes us through the woodland. When we arrive at the site, we always begin with a safety talk which focuses on being safe around the fire, and ensuring that all children are aware of the boundary (this is marked out with barrier tape). We always plan a focused activity for the session, which is highlighted on the topic plan that you will receive each half term. We finish the session with a hot chocolate and a snack around the camp fire. This gives us a great opportunity to discuss what we have done, and listen to each other’s experiences.
We warmly welcome parents/carers to come along to see the site and what the sessions entail. Please speak to our Forest School Leader, Naomi, to arrange this.
All our operational procedures, risk assessments, policies and procedures are detailed in our handbook, available on request.
Transport: If your child is continuing their day back at Woodlanders, we will provide transport back at a small cost. If you wish your child to just attend the morning session at Forest School, then we ask you to collect them at 12.15pm.
Tuesday 9.15am – 12.15pm
Wednesday 9.15am – 12.15pm
Thursday 9.15am – 12.15pm
All Forest School sessions take place outside in the woodland. It is therefore essential that the children are kitted out with appropriate gear in order for them to get the most from their session.