TWiGS Forest School is part of our ‘learning outside the classroom’ programme. Learning outside the classroom is exactly what it says: learning which happens on school trips and visits off the school site, learning through special forest school days, and learning right across the curriculum in the school grounds and the surrounding countryside. We believe that learning outside the classroom can provide the most memorable learning experiences, providing children with greater independence and physical competence, and developing their language and understanding of the world in which we live. Each half term, each class has a day of forest school activities. Here are just some of the learning activities the children took part in last time…
- EYFS learnt about our bodies by making body outlines using natural materials and adding features such as eyes, mouth, nose etc.
- Class 1 children made lean-to shelters after a walk down to the local woods.
- Class 2 learnt some geography skills by creating compasses with natural materials.
- Class 3 practised their fire-lighting skills and also brushed on their compass work.
In addition to these learning activities, the children gain a lot of ‘soft skills’ such as team working, sharing, and gaining awe and wonder for their natural environment. You can read more about how TWiGS fits into learning outside the classroom at Bayford by following the link below:
Our November TWiGS sessions are as follows:
Monday 14th November – Class 2
Wednesday 16th November – EYFS
Thursday 17th November – Class 1
Friday 18th November – Class 3
Don’t forget, TWiGS days go ahead whatever the weather so please make sure your child is appropriately dressed. We have some spare coats and wellies etc. so please speak to your child’s class teacher if you would like your child to borrow some.