Forest School

At My First Word we believe experiences of the natural world are essential in helping children explore all of their senses whilst learning to be curious about their environment. Our forest school is led by level 3 forest school trained practitioners.

Forest School

Outdoor play gives a firm foundation to the use of tools, investigation of materials, knowledge and understanding of weather, seasons and living things in the world around them.

We are committed to the importance of daily outdoor play, inspiring risk in a controlled environment, which also promotes better psychological wellbeing, sleep and mood. Providing children are suitably dressed we feel they can be outside in all weathers, whilst respecting their freedom of choice, children can move freely from indoors to out.

Forest School

Our outdoor vision and ethos with regards to learning is play based and as far as possible, child initiated, and child led. Sessions are planned, in that the children have next steps that we target but generally the children follow their own agendas with the adults offering support and ideas as required. This allows children to take managed risks, supported by their teachers, who encourage self-belief and resilience.

Forest School

Outdoor play is so different form indoors; children are encouraged to be louder and bigger. To run, jump and make noise whilst learning about the awe and wonder of the great outdoors. Children’s imaginations run wild, using resources that they have created themselves. When the gates to a child’s imagination are opened, anything is possible.

Because forest school is child-directed, the scope of the activities that can take place outdoors are enormous. Typical activities include: Games like hide and seek, shelter building, mini beast hunting, sensory play, construction, growing vegetables and flowers. Covering all the seven areas of learning.

Forest School

Our forest school sessions begin at 9.30 daily, together as a team we risk assess the environment. We then have circle time where we introduce ourselves through song, discuss the weather and anything important. We play until 10.30 when we stop for snack and refreshments. 11.30 we all enjoy a game of hide and seek. Our session finishes with a story at 11.45 between 12 and 12.30 we go up to nursery for a home cooked lunch.

Forest School