The Spiritual Ark and Forest School
At Pinhoe Primary School we are committed to providing children with a range of opportunities to engage with the world God created. Caring for and handling animals is central to this, providing the children with an invaluable experience to observe the wonder of nature first hand.
We have developed the Ark to provide the children with a calm outdoor space where they can learn and care for different animals. We currently have two guinea pigs and three laying chickens.
Forest school at Pinhoe was started because we felt the need to make better use of our grounds as an educational resource. We feel that all subjects are best taught in a “hands on”, practical manner and that this is particularly the case when children are taught outdoors. It is the intention to teach all subjects in a cross curricular fashion, incorporating outdoor learning, rather than it be an add on.
The setting we have, is particularly appropriate for the teaching and learning of our core values of respect, honesty, love, forgiveness, thankfulness and perseverance as well as allowing our pupils to ‘live life to the full’ – our school strap line. It will also, through Forest School activities, develop self esteem, confidence and social skills
We work with children across the age range (Y2 to Y6), where possible with a large adult to pupil ratio, giving the children responsibility to complete challenging practical tasks. Much of the Science and DT curriculum is taught through Forest School and Outdoor Learning. There is also opportunity to develop skills including the use of hand tools, lighting fires and observing wildlife.
Skills that we develop at Forest School:
· Learning to love the outdoor environment
· Using tools eg; saws, drills, whittling knives and fire steels
· Fire safety eg; making fires, maintaining fires and extinguishing fires responsibly
· Using ID charts to identify a range of organisms in different habitats
· Pond dipping
· Catching, identifying and returning organisms to the pond safely
· Responsibility for own safety and safety of others
· Perseverance when learning new skills
At Forest School this week, children learnt how to peel, chop and cook their own vegetable stew on the fire! We enjoyed our stew and roasted marshmallows around the fire.