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At Royton Hall we are very fortunate to have a wild woodland on site filled with reams of natural wildlife and flora, which is where our Forest School is situated. Forest School is a unique outdoor educational experience involving hands-on learning in a natural, woodland environment. At Forest School children are encouraged, through motivating tasks and activities, to instigate, test and allure a curiosity for the natural environments around them. This outdoor provision provides diverse independent and team building opportunities building on a child's confidence, resilience and communication skills. At Forest Schools children are also able to take part in 'risky play' (such as tree climbing) within a controlled environment as 'it is argued that taking risks can have positive implications in terms of children's developmental, social and emotional needs, as well as their overall health. By providing the opportunities for children to manage their own risks in a controlled environment, they will learn vital skills needed for adulthood, and gain experience needed to face the unpredictable nature of the world' (Gill, 2007) At Forest School we take part in a range of activities including physical challenges (building shelters, swings) natural discoveries (scavenger hunts, exploring the textures of a tree) creative endeavors (mandela art, bark rubbing) and personal challenges.
All policies and procedures for Forest School can be found within our Handbook, which can be found below.