Miss Reed runs our Forest School. She has worked in the Outdoor Education industry for ten years; she is a qualified Forest School Leader (FSL3) accredited by the Forest School Association (FSA) and holds a certificate in Outdoor First Aid.
All children will have a chance to take part in Forest School sessions during their time at St Paul’s. Sessions will run outside all year round and in all weathers (except in extreme circumstances) and include focused, planned activities including; bush craft, mud play, den building and team games, as well as child initiated activities.
Forest school helps children develop many skills and sessions are a fantastic opportunity to connect with nature through the seasons, think creatively, gain practical skills and gain ecological awareness.Children learn to assess, appreciate and take risks, making sensible, informed decisions about how to tackle the activities and experiences they encounter.
Forest School ensures our students leave school well-equipped with the life skills needed to become well-rounded individuals. It helps develop a lifelong love and understanding of the natural world whilst building their social skills, self-esteem and confidence in a secure, natural environment. Through engaging in collaborative outside activities children can also learn transferable skills such as; how to work as a team, to encourage and support the efforts of others, to be good listeners and negotiators, to be brave, self-reliant and flexible, and, perhaps most importantly, it’s fun!