" The staff use the outside area very well to promote children's physical development and their enjoyment of the natural environment. This is especially so in the Forest School where staff provide equipment and natural space to enable children to investigate, jump, climb and balance." - Ofsted
"The best classroom and the richest cupboard is roofed only by the sky"
Wendy Wood - an amazing place for children to learn
The Wendy House fully embraces the Forest School ethos and is unique in that it can boast it's very own on-site Forest School affectionately known as 'Wendy Wood' - a place for the children to have fun, learn and explore the natural environment.
Forest Schooling is a method of working outdoors with children, focusing on their needs and using the natural environment to promote Personal, Social and Emotional development.
Why is Forest School such a great opportunity for your children?
1. It is proven from research that learning that takes place in the outdoors is much more powerful and memorable as all the senses are involved.
2. Forest Schools develop children through a child-led approach.
3. Children are taught how to assess risks for themselves.
4. Children are able to develop their speech, language, social skills and empathy.
5. Children learn to respect and appreciate the countryside.
The Wendy House will provide the children with water proof jackets and trousers to keep the children dry, however it would be great if you could send your child in with clothing that is appropriate for all weathers, such as long sleeved t-shirts, warm jumpers, scarves and wellington boots, where necessary.
You will be informed of the day your child will be visiting Wendy Wood. The children take a short walk through the Meadow into Wendy Wood.
What will the children do at Wendy Wood?
Children lead every session at Wendy Wood and as they become confident and accustomed to their surroundings, therefore every session is different and could include:
- Mud faces
- Shelter building
- Collecting fire wood
- Using basic tools under supervision
- Nature walks
- Using a talking stick for listening and talking to each other around the fire circle
About each session
Children are at Wendy Wood for about two and a half hours per session. The session usually starts with an opening discussion around the fire circle and then the children are free to explore and participate in activities of their own choosing. The sessions close with a period of reflection around the fire circle.
*Please note that children do not attend Forest School sessions at Wendy Wood until they join the Sunflower room (minimum age 2 years and 10 months). Children of all ages have full access to the remainder of the Nursery grounds.