At Downlands School we have worked hard to create a Forest School area on our school site for the children, as well as a developing a site on Blandford Camp within walking distance of the school. Supported by an MOD Education Support Fund, the school has trained two colleagues to be Level 3 Outdoor Forest School Practitioners as well as purchasing relevant equipment.
Forest School is a child centered program that supports play, exploration and supported risk taking in the outside environment. Along with this, it is used to develop confidence, self esteem and resilience through a hands-on approach. Forest School is fully embedded in our EYFS curriculum and will be used at various points in the year with children across the school.