As part of The Samara Trust group of schools, we are fortunate to have access to a forest school provision developed at Upton Heath called Branching Out and a forest school area at school. As a pupil at Clutton C of E Primary School, your child will have the opportunity to experience forest school with Branching Out during the school year, from reception right up to year 6, led by our qualified and experienced forest school practitioners. Forest school has huge benefits for children, providing the perfect environment for holistic child development through essential life skills such as resilience, communication, perseverance, problem solving and self-confidence.
Branching Out also train schools and nurseries across the north west up to Level 3 Forest School Leader through Branching Out Training. Forest schools originated in Sweden during the 1950s and were a way of teaching children about the natural world. The idea was adopted by Denmark as an important part of Early Years provision. The concept was introduced to Britain in 1995 by Bridgewater College and is being developed all over the country.
Forest school with Branching Out provides a valuable teaching tool for a wide range of curriculum subjects and is an excellent way to support and enrich the National Curriculum, engaging children with a variety of needs and learning styles. During sessions children experience all sorts of woodland activities that help them to build an understanding and appreciation of the world around them as well as learning together in a totally unique way. As the children become more comfortable with living and working in the woodland the programme becomes more learner led and is a journey of discovery directed by the children. You can follow Branching Out on Twitter.