Sandy Lane Nursery and Forest School has worked hard to develop its very own forest school – Robin Wood – rated as outstanding by Ofsted. It is run by two forest school leaders and forms an integral part of the school’s curriculum. Through forest school, children develop a life-long love and understanding of the natural environment, whilst developing self-esteem, confidence, social and academic skills, so laying the foundations for other learning. Children have the opportunity to experience nature and the wider environment at close quarters. We build dens, cook over camp fires, climb and jump off trees, tell stories, make trails and hunt for mini-beasts. Children learn to problem-solve, to work with others and to take appropriate risks. We provide the children with waterproof clothing and aim to go to forest school in all weathers.
What do our children say about Forest School?
” I like the mud kitchen and eating sausages near the fire the best” Dannii Mae
“The thing I like best is climbing trees, I like the mud ditch and the mud kitchen. We have nice snack like sausages and marshmallows. I like Sue she makes me laugh and lets me climb and tells me to be safe” Kristen P
“I really like Forest School and love playing in the mud Kitchen making ‘chocolate mud cakes’. I love cooking sausages and having hot chocolate. There are always fun things to do and we get messy too. I love being a big girl and helping to pull the trolley.” Kiera
What do our parents say about Forest School?
“Kiera loves Forest School. She enjoys all the outdoor activities and always has lots of things to saw whenever she has been there, about what she has done and what she has learnt. You know shes had fun and usually comes home with a big smile across her mucky face!”
“We as parents are privileged that our child has had an opportunity to regularly attend such a fantastic addition to Sandy Lane.”
How has Forest School had an impact on Children and their families?
“Amber and Logan constantly ask to go to the woods for walks and that alone gives us more valuable time together. Their love for the outdoors has inspired us all to take trips to places we may not have taken them. Their age is no barrier. Even at 4, they are capable and sensible enough to join in with responsibilities and duties when camping and this is massively down to Forest School.”