Forest School

 

Forest School at Landywood

“There is considerable evidence to suggest Outdoor programmes provide young people with the opportunity to act successfully in a variety of challenging situations and so increase self-confidence and self-efficacy”. (National Foundation for Educational Research, 2004)

 

Progression of Skills

 

By the end of Year 1 pupils will be able to:

  • Use simple tools e.g. vegetable peeler. 
  • Build a mini shelter 
  • Demonstrate fire circle etiquette.
  •  Identify a Pine/Beech tree. 
  • Make a friendship bracelet.

By the end of Year 2 pupils will be able to: 

  • Safely use a saw /secateurs. 
  • Build a shelter. 
  • Identify a Spruce/Holly tree. 
  • Understand need to completely extinguish a fire. 
  • Tie an overhand knot.

By the end of Year 3 pupils will be able to: 

  • Safely use a riving iron. ·
  • Build a ridge line shelter. 
  • Produce sparks with a fire steel. ·
  • Identify a field Maple tree.
  • Tie a half hitch.

By the end of Year 4 pupils will be able to: ·

  • Safely whitle a stick. ·
  • Build a ridge pole tarp shelter using knots to secure the pole. 
  • Safely add sticks to a fire. ·
  • Identify a Willow/Rowan tree. 
  • Tie a square lashing.

By the end of Year 5 pupils will be able to: 

  • Safely use a hand drill. 
  • Build a ridge pole shelter securing independently. 
  • Cook bread over the fire. 
  • Identify a Chestnut tree.

By the end of Year 6 pupils will be able to: 

  • Safely use a stop cut and produce a tent peg. 
  • Build a small fire in a fire dish and maintain it for 5 minutes. 
  • Identify a Sycamore tree.

Forest School outside the lessons

Green group – After school club provision available to further develop some of the important Forest School skills.

Policies

Forest School Home School Agreement signed when pupils complete admission forms (see separate sheet and policy)