Class A at VIS covers the ages 3-5, this is FS1 and FS2 in the English education system. A keystone of all the learning that we provide for these children is forest school. Here we enable children to progress their learning and development through leading their own explorations in woodlands or wild spaces. Our children engage with the natural world using all of their senses, exploring the environment and developing a deep respect for nature.
Forest School is a holistic learning practice through play and exploration; children learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and to use their own initiative to solve problems and cooperate with others. During Forest School children will learn how to build a shelter, light a fire and use their skills to create and build objects from the woodland around them. They will use full size tools; learn how to set boundaries for themselves, to work well as a team and to play creatively and create art using natural resources. We find that through all these opportunities children’s confidence, self-esteem and motivation grows dramatically. Children will also have better coordination, higher self esteem and have a meaningful connection with nature, through this experience they will learn to care for their natural environment.
VIS Children love the freedom and chances to explore and learn that forest school brings. Forest school is not the same as bushcraft, horticulture or outdoor education, and it is not bringing Maths and English activities outside of the classroom. What it offers children at VIS is a chance to connect with nature, develop confidence, social skills and decide their own learning journeys! We find that after just a few sessions of forest school, our children’s engagement, communication, confidence and social skills in class really improves.
Our aims at this age are to develop a lifelong love of learning and discovery, with a strong connection to the natural world. We promote and further children’s holistic development, fostering resilient, confident, creative and independent learners.