At Rookhope Primary School, we believe that learning outdoors is an essential part of our curriculum. We are very fortunate to have our own woodland area within the school grounds and each half term, the whole school have the opportunity to spend at least one day in our woodland area. Our Forest Schools sessions are led by Mrs Hodgkinson and Mrs Barnwell, who are both qualified Level 3 Forest School leaders. This year, Mrs Eastwood is training as a Forest Schools leader and she will be leading most of our sessions.
Sessions are planned to enhance the curriculum. Skills of shelter building, cooking over an open fire and problem solving are taught. Children also have opportunities to learn about the seasonal changes that take place and participate in creative crafts making sculptures from natural materials. Skills of orienteering and map reading are taught during visits to Hamsterley Forest.
Forest School helps to develop:
- Confidence and self esteem
- Communication and social skills
- Physical skills
- Greater understanding and awareness of the natural environment
- Natural motivation and a positive attitude to learning
- Creativity and imagination
- Team work skills
- The ability to recognise and manage risk
- Healthier lifestyles