At Cullingworth Primary School we run a Forest Schools from our own school grounds. A Forest School allows children to become comfortable with an outdoor approach to education and play whilst in familiar surroundings. Mrs Tidswell, who is a fully trained Forest School practitioner, runs the forest school every afternoon with groups of children throughout school. The children have the opportunity to engage with hands-on learning in a wild natural environment.
A Forest school also promotes and encourages many different important aspects of healthy child development including;
- confidence and self-esteem;
- the development of essential core skills of communication and language;
- physical development;
- motivation and concentration;
Comments from parents;
"My child has enjoyed it”
“My child has thoroughly enjoyed participating in the Forest Schools Project and it is very disappointing that it has to come to an end. I think it is a wonderful activity to have at school and it brings some fun into learning”.
“My child has thoroughly enjoyed the activities. Thank you”.
Comments from children;
“My favourite activity was cooking the marshmallows and starburst and playing fun games” Year 5 pupil
“My favourite activity was building mud huts. I liked the gardening” Year 2 pupil
“My favourite activity was making the Christmas trees” Year 2 pupil
“My favourite activity was playing the games like hide and seek, tig and drinking hot chocolate” Year 5 pupil
“My favourite activity was the camp fire because I got to taste different things and it was a survival fire” Year 4 pupil
“My favourite activity was making the wreaths” Year 1 pupil
“Forest schools would be better if we spent a lot more time with Mrs Tidswell” Year 3 pupil
“My favourite activity was playing outside” Year 1 pupil
“My favourite activity was building a tent and roasting marshmallows on the fire” Year 3 pupil.
“Everything was really good” Year 1 pupil