At Dartington CE Primary and Nursery, Forest School is imbued with our four core learning values, i.e.
challenge, creativity, reflection and empathy and compassion.
Forest School activities are carefully set up to ensure success, whilst encapsulating our core learning value, i.e. challenge. When children are challenged at an appropriate level and then succeed, they fulfil their potential and there is a positive impact on their self-esteem.
Forest School activities are seasonal and this term may include cooking onion bhajis on the campfire with the produce from our Market Garden. Last Autumn we cooked over 200 bowls of pumpkin soup on the campfire! The children learn how to chop wood safely using an axe and a mallet, how to build a fire and then how to cook on the fire
See recipes | Pumpkin Soup | Onion Bhaji | Runner Bean Chutney |
The benefits of learning how to build and light a fire includ
- an opportunity to take part in fun and exciting experiences which motivate learners to have a go, even where they have less confidence. A high level of motivation leads to perseverance when they are challenged, and therefore increases the likelihood of success.
- physical development takes place in relation to their gross motor skills as they learn to chop wood.
- cognitive development as they negotiate the risks or select materials.
- Moreover campfire activities ensure that the children’s basic needs are met by keeping them warm, and therefore ready to learn.
Years 3 and 4 have been river dipping as part of their learning gateway, Habitats. The macro-invertebrates caught are an indicator of the water quality.
Our year 3 and 4 children were inspired to find out about conservation and mapping skills at Escot.
Taking a closer look at a caterpillar of the lime hawk moth.
Children from year 4 apply their numeracy skills when they measure out flour.