Forest School is an exciting and unique provision at Hexham First School. We have two fully trained Forest School practitioners and the most amazing school grounds to explore. Forest School is engaging and challenging for all our children uses current theories of child development and focuses on children learning about the environment and themselves within unique surroundings, with strong links to the curriculum. Children gain a sense of well being during these sessions. A focus is on children taking responsibility and to learn how to work as part of a team. Manageable and progressive tasks are part of each session with an emphasis on 'risk benefits' rather than 'risk adverse'. Our Early Years children enjoy weekly Forest School sessions and children in Years 1 to 4 have timetabled sessions throughout the school year.
All activities allow children to develop and learn through play; in line with the national curriculum. All areas of learning are cross-curricular and there are ample opportunities throughout the school day to continue their learning in a style which suits the child. The children are allowed to take risks within a fully risk-assessed outdoor environment.
Each session is linked to the curriculum through collaboration with each class teacher. The sessions include links to science, geography, English, maths, art, design technology and PHSE skills. Forest School enhances and extends your child's learning in a different environment, using practical activities to bring their learning to life.