Ash Forest School
An outdoor classroom, on an allocated site within the school grounds.
Forest School Leader: Mr Stephen Robjohn (BTEC Level 3 Advanced Forest School Leaders Award. Paediatric First Aid.)
Ash Primary Forest School was set up in 2007 by Lynne Coyne and Marilyn Jakes, two Ash School Teaching Assistants whilst taking their Advanced Forest School Leaders Award. Stephen Robjohn joined the Forest School team in 2012 as a volunteer and took over as Forest School Leader in 2013. He is helped by Sarah Conway-Dyer, a volunteer parent.
In 2011 we were lucky enough to have a sustainable, straw bale house built by teachers and parents. We use this as our Forest School base and it provides a good shelter from the weather when needed.
We carry out a range of activities such as shelter building, tool use, building fires and pond dipping to name a few. Through these activities we help to build the children's self esteem, independence and sense of worth.
We use three other areas in our regular Forest School sessions for foraging and wild life hunting. The pond and high bank are both situated on school grounds, the third area, the Millennium Wood which is situated next to the School. The Millennium Wood is an approximately 8 acres area of land owned by the Parish council. The wood was established about 12 years ago and is looked after by a group of volunteers with the aim of amenity, nature conservation, community involvement and sustainability.
Forest School presently it takes place on Friday afternoons between 1:30 and 3:00 pm for year 2 children.
Ash School seeks to offer all children a varied range of opportunities and different kinds of learning to enrich the national curriculum. Forest school enables the children to experience the outdoors in a safe and supported environment. It also links in with the schools international projects, based on the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) which is a comprehensive, creative, themed based curriculum.
There is now a Forest School Club running after school on Fridays from 3.30-4.30pm. This club is open to any child in years 4-6.