Our Forest School sessions run every Thursday afternoon for the whole school.
Please send appropriate outdoor clothing along with wellingtons or boots.
At Kettleshulme St James we value the dimension which Forest School sessions bring to our curriculum and more importantly the way that the sessions enhance the experiences which they expose our children too.
It is during these sessions that our children learn the true value of our natural environment, the importance of caring for it and also the skills to name the trees, plants, creatures and habitats around them.
In addition to this our children also use this opportunity to develop their confidence, resilience, connection with the outdoors and their ability to work as a team in a space where all academic restraints are removed thus making everyone equal.
Our sessions are led by Marcella who is a Level 3 trained Forest School leader and she is supported by Mrs Connick.
Sessions usually take place in our Quiet Garden and around the edges of our field, however we also have access to a Forest which is located a 15minute walk away. It is here that we hold our outdoor services.
During our sessions the children have the chance to:
Use a variety of tools
Make and cook campfire food
Explore and play
Gather around the fire
Reflect on nature and their environment
Please take a few minutes to listen to this wonderful Forest School Poem
Here is introduction from Marcella:
"Hello everyone! My name is Marcella Lee-Gallon (Mrs L) and I am very excited to meet all of the Kettleshulme children in the New Year. I used to be a secondary school D&T teacher for 15 years before starting to work for a local ecology company. In 2016 I then began working with Mrs Bellshaw on a National Trust site providing Forest School sessions for children and adults of all ages. This has since developed into running Forest School sessions in local schools for the last 3 years. The holistic elements of the Forest School ethos, along with my understanding of ecology and the natural world, seem to fit together perfectly. During my sessions I encourage children to be involved in decision making about their environment, whilst developing and embedding their connection and natural curiosity with nature. By providing inspirational and challenging outdoor learning opportunities I have found that children grow in confidence, motivation, autonomy and self-esteem. Your children will be outside in all weathers as they explore nature, improve the garden area, build fires, cook outdoors and develop their ability to use tools safely."