Forest School

Monmouth Schools Pre-Prep and Nursery forest schoolOur aim at Monmouth Schools Pre-Prep & Nursery is to develop the whole child, both in and out of the classroom. We make full use of our fantastic outdoor space regardless of the weather. The playground, field, outdoor classroom  and Forest School areas allow the children to work together to construct on a larger scale, explore the world at first hand and experience changing natural phenomena.

forpagesallThrough activities as diverse as number hunts with the nursery children, junk sculpture with the Reception classes, measuring with Year 1 and Year 2 science experiments, visitors can expect to find every part of the school campus in daily use. The Forest School programme, both here on site and at the meadow at Monmouth School for Girls, aims to encourage and inspire all children through outdoor learning in a woodland setting.

Activities undertaken at Forest School include the following:-

  • Field Studies Activities – mini beast hunts, tree identification, bird watching, life cycle games.
  • Sensory Activities – games to do with colour, smell, sound, touch, blindfold games.
  • Bushcraft – shelter building, knot use, fire lighting and cooking, wild foods, whittling.
  • Woodland Crafts – willow crafts, natural jewellery, weaving, natural dyes, traditional crafts.
  • Team building and trust games – blindfold games, circle games, problem solving activities, team games.
  • Wildlife conservation – tree planting, nest box construction, coppicing, fence/path building.
  • Imaginative activities – story telling, drama, role play, songs.
  • Physical play – tree climbing, log dragging, digging. Construction – shelter building, rope swings, pulleys.

The Year 2 children making ladders at Forest School

The Year 2 children are taking part in Forest School activities on Friday afternoons this term. They are learning new skills, how to work as a team and making the most of our fantastic grounds and natural resources. Tristan is wearing the Gopro camera for this session, so enjoy seeing Forest School from his perspective.

The development of knowledge, concepts and skills from a more traditional curriculum are embedded within authentic, purposeful and real-life tasks such as working together to build a den or create a path. The inclusion of these enriching elements to the curriculum has had a dramatic impact on communication skills and confidence levels within our children.