As part of our environmental ethos, we have integrated
the Forest Schools Programme attended by all children
during the school year.
What is Forest Schools?
The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and
inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor
experiences over an extended period of time. At Maryport
Junior School we are fortunate to have our own extensive
woodland within our school grounds; this is an ideal
location for a Forest School being easily accessible
with no additional travel costs and which can be
accessed all year round.
What is Forest Schools for?
Through our Forest School work we want to inspire
children to become interested in nature and to see it as
part of their own well-being. An important part of the
work will be around building aspirations and developing
self-worth, offering success outside the classroom and
offering new experiences. Team and collaborative work
will help to develop self-awareness which will then
become a foundation for personal development.
What benefits will my child get
from participating in Forest Schools?
Forest Schools supports the holistic development of the
Health and Fitness
- Being active in an outdoor, natural environment
wellbeing - There is research available
- Communicating, and negotiating with peers and
adults to solve problems and share experiences
- Developing fine and gross motor skills and
coordination for real purposes
Gaining knowledge and
understanding - Multi-sensory, real-life
learning - Careful observations allows
adults to talior support to children's own interests
and stage of development
- Forest Schools supports many area of the Early
Years Foundation Stage framework, National
Curriculum and the Every Child Matters agenda.