What is the Ethos of the school?
Does your child look at a stick and see a flag pole? A helicopter? A knife? Does your child walk past a tree and wonder what type it is? Does your child look through your window and wish they were outside connecting with nature? If so come and join the Foresteers and explore the magical woodland. We will guide our little Foresteers to let their mind and senses free, try new experiences and let their imagination and creativity loose. We will nurture each individual’s holistic development through building a meaningful and positive relationship with nature.
This journey of discovery and exploration will take place in the woodland amid the relaxing sounds of the birds and the wind through the trees. We will learn to take pride in our achievements, reflect on our skills with new peers and prepare ourselves for our next challenge. We learn from our mistakes and gain confidence from taking risks. Experienced Level 3 Forest School practitioners will facilitate and extend your child’s learning through discovery and engagement with nature, offering a continuum of learning. Your child will be introduced to new skills and be given the freedom to use and develop them in a way that interests them. We progress towards experiences involving tool use and fire at a rate suitable to the individual group. It’s their learning, let them lead it. All of the experiences we engage in during a Forest School session are designed to challenge children – but also to be achievable. This way children are able to stretch their skills whilst also building their confidence.
Who is the team behind Foresteers?
“Learning does not have to stay confined to the classroom”
Name: Rohan Wilson
Experience: I have 10 years experience working as a Senior Learning Mentor in a Sheffield Primary SchooI where I undertook my Forest School Training. I used it as an intervention but quickly came to see the importance of it for all. I was also the Child Protection lead Officer and was involved with reviewing and implementing policies and procedures to keep children safe and healthy.
Qualifications: BSc Outdoor Education and Science, Forest School Level 3, Forest School First Aid, Paediatric First Aid, Food Safety (Level 2), Advanced Safeguarding, Awareness of Child Abuse, Safeguarding and Neglect, Sustained Shared Thinking, Characteristics of Effective Learning
Favourite animal: dog
Favourite colour: blue
Name: Hayley Smith
Experience: I am a qualified teacher and have 6 years experience been an Early Years Foundation Stage Leader.
I have worked with children from the ages of 2 to 6 from a range of backgrounds and firmly believe that children develop best when they feel happy and safe and the teaching is personalised to their interests.
Qualifications: BA Geography, PGCE Early Years, Forest School Level 3, Forest School First Aid, Paediatric First Aid, Food Safety (Level 2), Basic Safeguarding, Awareness of Child Abuse, Safeguarding and Neglect, Sustained Shared Thinking, Characteristics of Effective Learning
Favourite animal: hedgehog
Favourite colour: red
Name: Rebecca Harmsworth
Experience: On successful completion of Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) 2002-2003 – I have worked as a Primary School teacher for over 15 years and have experience of teaching cohorts including nursery, EYFS, KS1 and KS2. I am currently undergoing Forest School Leader Level 3 Training.
I also lived in Spain for 12 years and during that period was employed by FAPAS – a NGO – working for wildlife conservation for approximately 6 years as a co-ordinator of environmental education, which included organising and the day to day running and management of environmental summer camps in the Picos de Europa mountains for groups of children and teenagers ranging from 5 to 17 years old.
Qualifications: GTP Primary Education with QTS, Forest School Level 3, Awareness of Child Abuse, Safeguarding and Neglect, Sustained Shared Thinking, Characteristics of Effective Learning
Favourite animal: horse
Favourite colour: yellow
Name: Jess Hague
Experience: I have over two years experience as a Level 3 teaching assistant, primarily working with SEN students at Bradfield Secondary School. I was responsible for planning, devising and implementing differentiated work designed to be accessible through small group work or on a 1-2-1 basis.
Previous to this I volunteered for 2 years at Dungworth Primary School in reception and year 1. I assisted the teacher by taking small groups and developing their cognitive learning outside.
I have two daughters aged 5 and 6, and regularly take them into our woodlands with their friends for the day. I have started my Level 3 Forest School Leadership, and this has cemented my passion for empowering students through outdoor learning.
Qualifications: NCFE Level 3 in Support, Teaching and Learning, Forest School Level 3 (Trainee), Awareness of Child Abuse, Safeguarding and Neglect, Sustained Shared Thinking, Characteristics of Effective Learning
Favourite animal: dog
Favourite colour: purple
Name: Christine Skirrow
Experience: I have experience across all year groups, including foundation stage. I find younger children to be highly rewarding to work with, particularly with regards to whole child development and the role of the environment providing stimulating opportunities for learning through play.
I am keen to further develop my understanding of the Forest School ethos and the benefits of outdoor learning.
Qualifications: PGCE Primary Education with QTS, TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), BA Urban Studies, Forest School Level 3 (Trainee), Awareness of Child Abuse, Safeguarding and Neglect, Sustained Shared Thinking, Characteristics of Effective Learning
Favourite animal: elephant
Favourite colour: blue
Name: Siobhan Binnion
Experience: I’m Siobhan, mummy of two young children. As a family we love to go out on adventures in the woods, often ending up with the 4 of us covered in mud!
I am also a qualified teacher and taught children aged 4-8 years before leaving teaching to have my daughter. I loved working with children and the creativity it allows. I look forward to many adventures with the children at Foresteers.
Qualifications: Primary Education with QTS, Awareness of Child Abuse, Safeguarding and Neglect, Sustained Shared Thinking, Characteristics of Effective Learning
Favourite animal: bear
Favourite colour: red
What Are The Forest Schools Aims?
Increase self esteem and self confidence
Improve co-operation, communication skills and awareness of others
Increase motivation, concentration and positive attitude towards learning
Encourage ownership and pride in the local environment
Encourage a better understanding of the outdoors
Improve social skills
Improve physical motor skills
Encourage individuals to become more active and healthy
Foresteers Outdoor Preschool provides two portable toilets, each set up within a toilet tent. Each toilet will have easy access to toilet paper. Hand wash, hand sanitizer gel, paper towels and waste disposal bags will be situated by the hand wash station. Staff will instruct children about hand hygiene after toileting and before eating, and be vigilant about its practice by children.
We are happy to work with parents with toilet training and have potties to accommodate this. There is changing mat facilities for any children in nappies.
For more information please view our toileting and nappy changing policy and procedure.
We are now the proud owners of a Kota Grill House which can house 30 children comfortably. It’s where we can shelter from the elements, have a warm drink and story before going on another adventure.