Forest School Learning Area at Barming Primary School
Barming Primary School is one of just a few local schools lucky to have grounds large enough for such an area- indeed, many children and parents didn’t even know about this area as it was hidden behind trees at the bottom of the field! Generous sponsorship and donations, particularly from local companies Gallaghers and Bovis Homes have funded the area. Without these donations this would not have been possible.
We now have our very own Mark Croucher, who will be training to become our Outdoor learning specialist and will be running the school’s designated Forest School. Mark Croucher will be (by the end of the year) a fully qualified Forest School Practitioner, who promotes ‘fun and learning in the woods’. Mr Laker is keen for all children to be able to take part in Forest School from Reception children to Year 6. This is an invaluable learning experience for the children at Barming. Forest School is a safe environment where children learn outdoors in all weathers, experiencing changes in nature. Children take ownership and responsibility of their outdoor area and learn to take risks.
Forest School is widely recognised as an excellent opportunity for children to develop confidence through hands-on learning.
Miss Rootes and Mr Laker are eager to continue this fantastic provision which is now established.
If you or your company would like to sponsor Barming Primary School, please get in contact with the school.
Why FOREST SCHOOL?
There are multiple positive psychological and mental health improvements from nature based initiatives and green prescribing including but not limited to - improvements in depression, anxiety, stress, dementia and chronic illness. Those who regularly visit green spaces are also seen to be more motivated and gain additional benefits from those doing similar activities inside. The Public Health Outcomes Framework has identified the use of outdoor space for health benefits as a key performance indicator for public health.
'Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners. Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves. Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners. Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.' Forest School Association