Forest School – May 2016
Forest School – November 2015
Tree Planting – November 2015
Our Wildlife Explorers After School Club planted some trees in our Wildlife Garden in November 2015. The trees were kindly provided by The Woodland Trust . We are creating a hedgerow habitat to provide refuge, shelter and food for local wildlife. To mark the recent centenary of the First World War and to thank us for planting the trees the school was also given some corn poppy seeds by the Woodland Trust to sow.
Forest School Sessions (see below for more details)
What is Forest School?
Forest School is an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands on learning experiences in a local woodland environment‘ – Forest Education Initiative (FEI)
Sessions at Notley Green are led by a Level 3 trained Forest School Leader and First Aider. Held in the school’s wildlife garden, the sessions give children the opportunity to over time develop new skills and knowledge, observe the seasonal changes and gain a feeling of ownership and affinity for the nature on their doorstep.
Sessions are child led wherever possible and activities at Forest School have included :- scavenger hunts and mini beast safaris, den building, mud kitchen ‘cookery’, tree planting and gardening, fire lighting and campfire cooking, using bush craft tools, natural art and music, building habitats and birdwatching.
Notley Green Primary School is a member of the Forest School Association and its regional group the Essex Forest School Association. The Forest School Association is the professional body and UK wide voice for Forest School promoting best practice, cohesion and ‘quality Forest School for all‘.
Our school community and The Friends of Notley Green supported us with generous donations of money, time and resources to build our dream Wildlife Garden. The school children also worked with the Essex Wildlife Trust on the design of the garden creating habitats to attract a variety of wildlife. Our wildlife garden now provides a wealth of resources for outdoor learning and Forest School.