Forest School is a very established part of the curriculum at Lisburne School and now takes place at all three sites. We aim to go out in all weather, apart from high winds, as the children and staff are dressed appropriately for the cold and wet. Forest School is led by a qualified Level 3 Forest School practitioner to ensure the safety of all children throughout the session. The school budget, with additional supplements from Friends of Lisburne, have funded Forest School to improve the sites and buy new resources.
Forest School is child-led and play based. It gives the children opportunities to learn in an ever-changing environment, looking at colours, temperatures, textures, sound and wildlife and how they change through the seasons. This creates a wonderful sensory and stimulating learning experience.
The children are given time, space and freedom to explore and gain practical, hands on experience. It aims to promote the holistic development of all children by fostering resilience, confidence and creativity. We explore literacy, numeracy and science and link closely with any topics the children are studying in class. In addition, we build lots of dens, hunt mini-beasts, climb trees, have fun on the tyre swing, sing and cook around our campfire. Children are also taught to use tools safely, giving them real life experiences and promoting independence.