Embracing Forest Schools at Raasay Primary

The Forest School model originated in Scandinavia and involves learning outdoors in a regular, sustained basis. This helps to promote and support the social, emotional and physical development of children in an outdoor, preferably woodland,environment. This sits very well within our own ethos here at Raasay Primary School where we believe in the outdoor environment to promote learning and emotional wellbeing. We have engaged with many projects which still support this e.g. John Muir Award, Eco Schools & Active Schools. We are delighted that Lucy Salter will be joining us for the rest of this term and next. Lucy is a qualified Forest Schools Instructor and has been delighted to make use of the school grounds to kick off the Forest Schools work this term. As you can see, they have got off to a fine start, with the first day being about identifying areas of development and risk assessment. In Lucy’s second session, they wasted no time in getting underway with their plans – below is a selection of photographs showing some of the activities including: sourcing, cutting and sawing wood, fire safety training, building a bonfire, making portraits out of natural materials, lifecycle of a frog, making bird cakes, clearing and planning renovation of the bird hide.

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