Forest School is an approach to learning that recognises the benefits of learning outdoors and encourages children to appreciate, respect and learn in a “woodland setting”.
Soudley School has immediate access to the woods and children from as young as four learn to enjoy and understand the seasons, plants and animals found in our woodland.
The children learn to problem solve, work cooperatively and play imaginatively. They learn to use tools to work with wood, cutting and whittling. Each week they share a snack at our woodland Base Camp, and have the experience of sitting around a camp fire at the end of a term’s work.
Forest School Rules
There are four important rules:
- Do not pick (anything that is growing)
- Do not lick (put anything in your mouth, fingers or objects)
- Stop at the boundary rope of our Forest School
- On the call “1, 2, 3 Base Camp” all children return to the log circleThe Countryside Code
There are five sections of The Countryside Code dedicated to helping members of the public respect, protect and enjoy the countryside:
- Be safe –plan ahead and follow any signs
- Leave gates and property as you find them
- Keep dogs under close control
- Protect plants and animals and take your litter home
- Consider other peopleForest Schools will follow these as and when they apply.