Birchwood has it's own on site Forest School. The Forest School is resourced into specific areas, e.g. mud kitchen, story circle, fire circle, tyre swing, stepping stones, den building and sculpture.
Forest School is used in two ways:
1) the bespoke teaching of discrete Forest School skills, e.g. whittling sticks and tree canopy identification
2) the use of our treasured Forest School to contextualise learning across the curriculum, e.g. learning about minibeasts and habitats in Science
By participating in engaging, motivating and achievable tasks and activities in a woodland environment each child has an opportunity to develop intrinsic motivation, sound emotional and social skills.These, through self-awareness can be developed to reach personal potential.
Teachers across the school hold the Forest School Level 1 Accreditation. Each week, come rain or shine the children in EYFS and Key Stage One spend half a day in the Forest School. Activities include making Muddy Faces, building a fire to toast marshmallows, using tools to create Forest School necklaces, den building and much more!
Children in Key Stage Two use the Forest School as part of their curriculum work, linking work from subjects including Maths, English, Science and the Wheel of Wisdom.