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Our Lady of Lourdes RC Primary School

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Staff Training - 'The Journey to Forest School'

Hello, I am Mrs Lindley and I am Forest School Leader.  I lead Forest School sessions for KS1 and KS2 children and also after school weekly Eco Club and Gardening Club.

When we are in Forest I am known to the children by my Forest School name, “Anna Anaconda”. 

I believe Forest School promotes self learning through exploration and free play.  Children develop many skills that are hard to teach in a classroom. Nature presents with so much wonderful science, creativity, holistic development, resilience and respect for nature that you can't help but be absorbed by it.

I strongly believe children learn through relationship with others, opportunities to test themselves and challenge themselves. Forest School is not focused on product, it’s all about process.

Hello, I am Mrs Waterworth and I am Our Lady of Lourdes' Forest School Leader. When leading sessions, I am known  to the children by my Forest School name, 'Michelle Monkey'. 

My Level 3 training journey began in October 2018, where I spent a week at Sunnybrow Nursery for the introductory sessions of becoming a Forest School Leader. Throughout the year, I have had to complete weekly practical sessions with children and other adults. Also I have completed a portfolio of work containing 61 different components. To complete my qualification, I had to return to Sunnybrow Nursery for a week in June to complete a practical assessment and  'Outdoor First Aid' training. All of which I passed successfully. 


I am continually finding ways to develop our Forest School with the children, training other adults and providing lots of outdoor learning opportunities. Included are weekly after school outdoor sessions too.


We have been very fortunate that Mrs Lindley, 'Anna Anaconda' on the Forest, has undertaken all her training and after full assessment completion has become a Forest School Leader. A huge 'Congratulations' to Mrs Lindley for all her hard work. She brings so much creativity to enhance the Forest School experience for all our children.