Forest School

Dear Parents and Carers

We are pleased to announce that Forest School is starting at The Ridge after Easter. Forest School is about discovering and developing life skills through a holistic approach to enhancing children’s learning in the natural environment. Benefits include increasing self-esteem, independence, risk taking and physical activity. We are delighted to be developing our outdoor area to create a setting, which allows the children to explore their environment, develop their knowledge and skills whilst developing a long-term relationship with the natural world.

Peter Yates, a fully qualified forest school leader from ‘Simply Forest School’, will lead our forest school sessions. The environment and all activities are fully risk assessed and sessions will be carried out with regard to our Covid Risk Assessment. During the programme, the children may be working with various tools such as saws and making fires. This will be under strict supervision with only one child working at one time. The children will have a warm drink during the session and a snack of popcorn. Please contact school if your child has any allergies that we need to be aware of.

Forest School runs in all weathers (if safe to do so) and the children will be expected to take part in all sessions. Children must come to school in clothes that parents are happy for them to get dirty. There are brambles and nettles on site so it very important that the children have long sleeve tops and trousers (no shorts) even though it is likely to be warm over the coming weeks. If rain is forecast, then please provide your child with a waterproof coat and if possible, waterproof trousers too.

Initially Years 1 and 2 will be going to Forest school for the following dates:

· Tuesday 20th April

· Tuesday 27th April

· Tuesday 4th May

· Tuesday 11th May

· Tuesday 18th May

· Tuesday 25th May

We recognise that the pandemic has limited some of the opportunities that we have been able to offer the children, so we are extremely grateful to Ridge Friends who have kindly agreed to fund these sessions. We are confident that the children will enjoy the experience and gain a lot from it.

Please don’t hesitate to contact school if you have any queries.

 

Yours sincerely

Mrs D Hudson

Headteacher

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