Welcome to Long Crendon’s Forest School
All KS1 and KS2 children at Long Crendon School attend regular Forest School sessions with Mrs Berrell, our Level 3 trained Forest School Leader. Whole class Forest School sessions continue throughout the year and aim to support curriculum learning, giving all children a chance to explore and embed different concepts and classroom learning in a practical way. Forest School sessions give children the chance to get closer to nature and consolidate classroom learning by drawing on their cross-curricular knowledge to solve practical problems and complete creative tasks. The boost to self esteem, self-confidence and independent problem solving that children gain from learning in this way is well documented and has been used successfully to support holistic learning in Primary Schools across the UK for many years.
The Forest School site at Long Crendon School is slowly turning into an oasis for our native wildlife. All children, TAs, adult volunteers and Mrs Berrell have worked hard to turn the children’s site development ideas into reality. We have planted, built, installed, and created a raft of different features that enrich our Forest School experience. We now have different habitat zones that are designed to attract a wide variety of wildlife to our site, we have climbing logs, a larger digging pit, a sensory planting area, a new base camp with a permanent fire pit, we have planted over 400 saplings (kindly donated by the Woodland Trust) and have created a mini orchard.
These are a few of the things children have had a go at during Forest School Sessions:
Cooking on the fire pit, ‘Long Crendon’s Got Talent’ shows, den building, nature spotting, making bird feeders, planting bulbs and tree seeds, creating sculptures, using tools to make useful things, setting up experiments, identifying winter twigs, making bird hides, mapping out a life size Celtic round house and a Roman villa, building a reptile habitat, designing a bat box, playing team games, tree climbing, planting and looking after allotment beds, orienteering, and getting muddy!
Are you able to help?
You may have some items gathering dust in your garden/garage that we could use to help us create the features in Forest School. Click here for a list of the things we are currently in need of. If you have anything to donate (thank you!) please leave it in the gap behind the school bike shed (follow the arrows), or contact Mrs Berrell to arrange collection.
Here are links to some useful documents: