It is a great idea to get outside over the coming weeks as the weather improves. Please be mindful of all the health advice during the Covid 19 outbreak. Please remember to socially isolate the whole family if anyone has the symptoms of Corona virus (temperature and persistant cough) for a period of 14 days.
If you are otherwise well, the Chief Medical Officer's advice is to get out and exercise in the fresh air and that includes children. It will be so good for our mental health and wellbeing at this time.
Please also remember to respect your distance as some people may be 'socially distancing' due to age or health conditions and are also advised to go out at this time. Please keep a respectful distance from others and do not arrange to meet groups in the park/open spaces as gatherings are not recommended and should be kept to a minimum.
Thank you for your support in this matter.
I will be posting ideas here weekly for you to try.
Activities to try in the garden from the RSPB
Useful websites to support you with home learning over the coming weeks
Forest School at Boxmoor
'Forest School' is a Scandinavian concept where the outdoors is used as an area for learning. Many of the activities evolve from the children's interests and ideas and the natural materials found in the outdoors, rather than pencil and paper activities.
'Forest School' offers an outdoor classroom which has minimal rules which are easy to understand. There are no 'right' or 'wrong' answers. We allow and encourage risk taking in a controlled environment. Children are encouraged to move away from adult interaction and to become more responsible for each other and themselves.
'Forest School' is about using the outdoors to promote confidence, self-esteem and independence. At Boxmoor we are passionate about developing the 'whole' child, not just their academic ability. The benefits will include:
Confidence, behaviour, concentration, independence, social and emotional development, working in a group and physical skills. The development of the whole child will have positive impacts on all areas of the child's life and learning.
'Forest School' is about exploring and experimenting. IT is experiencing the natural world through practical activities. The children go out in all weathers. all year round, exploring and learning from the changing seasons and the environment around them. The children's interests along with a variety of natural resources are used to stimulate creative thinking, problem solving and skill development, all wrapped up in 'PLAY'.
We recognise that in order to learn you have to engage and participate. For many children that engagement comes easily. However, some children find this difficult and these children lack confidence and have low self esteem. Evidence shows that the main outcomes of Forest School is the nurturing support and development of self esteem of participants - so they have a greater sense of self value and self worth.
Many of our children live safe, comfortable and organised lives. Whilst this is great, it provides little opportunity for children to test themselves, to explore the unknown and find out what they are truly capable of. We believe our activities help to address this.
We will build on the child's innate motivation and positive attitudes to learning, offering them the opportunities to take risks, make choices and initiate learning for themselves.