Burton Hathow has its very own Level Three accredited Forest Leader, Mrs Emma Bowden, who leads sessions in the school grounds.
Activities include: shelter building, mini-beast homes, ephemeral artwork, willow weaving, whittling, fire lighting and campfire cooking. During forest school sessions the children are encouraged to take risks and initiate activities together, enhancing negotiating skills and developing teamwork and problem solving. The sessions continue all year with the children having a weekly session, observing the changing seasons and putting new skills into practice. There is a buzz in the air when the children head out to the welly rack and prepare for the session and often a groan when it comes to an end!
Mrs Bowden has conducted investigations into forest schools during her masters studies, analysing previous research which shows improvements in confidence, social and communication skills, motivation and concentration, physical development and knowledge and understanding. "I have noticed a dramatic difference in the children and their abilities in a short space of time and it is a pleasure to watch them develop."
Forest Rangers is also available as a free after school activity and is extremely popular. Every term we hold an Outdoor Education Day where all the school come together in mixed groups to participate in activities and it is enjoyed by both the staff and pupils.