Shelley Richards from our Arc School Napton has been awarded her Forest School Leader Qualification which she has worked exceptionally hard to achieve. She consistently provides active, engaging and fun lessons for every young person in her class. Her assessment and monitoring of learning is outstanding and this is reflected in the workbooks that all the children take great pride in creating.
Arc School Napton offers a broad and creative curriculum designed to meet the needs of the individual, whilst ensuring that opportunities are provided for children to achieve the best possible educational outcomes and lay the foundations to future educational success.
Children in the Forest School sessions have to work and learn together with their peers both independently and collaboratively. They also have to learn to manage themselves in what is often a new and unpredictable environment. Within this we have seen the children develop the skills to play, turn take, share, collaborate and plan, largely independent of the focused adult support they may previously have needed.
The children – and adults supporting them - face a range of complex problems and tasks, which they have to solve. Because they need to learn to assess risks (and decide if these risks are ok for them to take) we have seen an increase in their problem solving skills, as opposed to reliance on an adult to problem solve for them.
The biggest challenge for the children – and often the most exciting – is the chance to learn new skills and achieve things they may previously have thought they couldn’t. They then bring this confidence and excitement back into school, which positively impacts on every aspect of their life and learning journey.
- Forest school is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than a one-off or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session.
- Forest school takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
- Forest school uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.
- Forest school aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
- Forest school offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
- Forest school is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.
Congratulations to Shelley and thank you for your amazing efforts!