Forest School sessions ideally take place with small groups of children over extended seasons. They would regularly use sharp tools and fire. Whilst I am able to do this, I recognise that in the current financial climate most schools cannot justify this. I am experienced with working with large classes on activities that allow them to explore, discover, and imagine. I use stories and creativity to engage them and encourage independent learning. Using the natural environment to identify plants and creatures inspires children to take responsibility for the world around them and to ask questions.
I ask that, for safety, additional staff are always involved in these sessions. This can also act as a type of CPD as teachers are able to take a step back from leading and engage with children in different ways. Staff are often surprised by the positive behaviour of some children who may be more challenging indoors.