FOREST SCHOOLS AT HOLLY GRANGE 

FOREST SCHOOLS AT HOLLY GRANGE 

Children relax, enjoy themselves and have fun together while learning. 

At Holly Grange Montessori we believe the Forest School ethos compliments the Montessori philosophy. Forest School sessions focus on children learning through hands-on experiences within a woodland setting. This involves activities such as tool use, tree climbing, den making, exploring plants and wildlife, story-telling and woodland art and crafts. The children also learn how to build and light a campfire to cook snacks.  Forest school sessions are led by our Level 3 qualified Forest School teachers and support each child’s learning through developing practical skills and social interactions, communication skills and the physical development of children. The types of activities involved aim to promote children’s resilience, self-esteem, confidence, creativity and independence. These are vital life-skills which provide a solid foundation to progress onto school.   Our children safely explore the natural environment secure in the knowledge that adults are close by to support them, while still allowing them the freedom to make discoveries independently.   

At Holly Grange Montessori we believe the Forest School ethos compliments the Montessori philosophy. Forest School sessions focus on children learning through hands-on experiences within a woodland setting. This involves activities such as tool use, tree climbing, den making, exploring plants and wildlife, story-telling and woodland art and crafts. The children also learn how to build and light a campfire to cook snacks.  Forest school sessions are led by our Level 3 qualified Forest School teacher and support each child’s learning through developing practical skills and social interactions, communication skills and the physical development of children. The types of activities involved aim to promote children’s resilience, self-esteem, confidence, creativity and independence. These are vital life-skills which provide a solid foundation to progress onto school.   Our children safely explore the natural environment secure in the knowledge that adults are close by to support them, while still allowing them the freedom to make discoveries independently.   

 
 
 
Outdoors at Holly Grange, children are encouraged to be in touch with the natural world as they work with a variety of natural materials, gardening and growing activities. They enjoy water play, take part in flower arranging and learn to care for living things. 
 
While children enjoy their daily fresh air, we make sure the outdoor area is safe and secure. Children are taught to respect the environment and encouraged to take part in all the activities in the garden. At Holly Grange there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing! Our children play out every day and are protected from the weather during winter and summer through the use of appropriate clothing and protection during sunny days. 
Outdoors at Holly Grange, children are encouraged to be in touch with the natural world as they work with a variety of natural materials, gardening and growing activities. They enjoy water play, take part in flower arranging and learn to care for living things. 
 
While children enjoy their daily fresh air, we make sure the outdoor area is safe and secure. Children are taught to respect the environment and encouraged to take part in all the activities in the garden. At Holly Grange there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing! Our children play out every day and are protected from the weather during winter and summer through the use of appropriate clothing and protection during sunny days. 
 
 
 
Outdoors at Holly Grange supports learning and development through play in the open air where each child is provided with opportunities to investigate and explore. They learn to problem solve and use their imagination and creativity. Many of the garden features have been chosen to improve co-ordination and confidence. There are obstacles such as balancing beams, bridges and stepping stones. 
 
Our outdoor spaces are designed for pleasure where children can touch, explore and learn about the natural world. The aim of the outdoor garden is to encourage children to explore the different sensations outdoors – colours, textures, smells and sounds. 
 
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