Forest School Lead
Forest School encourages children to develop an interest and sense of wonder about the world. It stimulates curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way they do. Forest School supports play, exploration and supported risk taking. It develops confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting.
Aspects of the curriculum are explored through observing the plant life cycle, plant adaptation, animal adaptation, animal habitats, insects and food chains. Children explore forces and their effects e.g. creating a seesaw or pulley. Children experiment and use equipment to observe changes over time, identifying, grouping, classifying, measuring and recognising patterns.
Forest school helps learners develop socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically and intellectually. Characters are developed as the children explore, problem solve and risk take together while being inspired by the world and gaining a great understanding of how they, as a learner fits within it.
At Brixham C of E we are passionate about outdoor learning. Not only do we have our own polytunnel and outdoor classroom, we are fortunate to have our own forest school site situated very near to Berry Head. The forest school site is linked to the Greater Horseshoe Bat roost and the school works with the Bat Trust to explore this endangered animal, the site also plays a part in the conservation of the Cirl Bunting, providing safe nesting sites.
Berry Head is a National Nature Reserve, a Special Area of conservation, and it is an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) with stunning views across the bay and its own Micro-climate.