Forest School

Term 5: 10th August to 3rd October 2021
 
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Accompanied Forest School (Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays)

18 months to 4 years 

Spend quality time together with your little one, adventuring, playing and learning immersed in nature, sharing the benefits of Forest School and the excitement of new discoveries. 

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Pre-school Programme (Monday, Tuesday, and Fridays)

3.5 years to 6 years

Perfect for preschoolers to develop emotional intelligence and self-esteem, creativity and independence. Our participants benefit physically and mentally from hours of quality outdoor time each week, guided by our passionate and knowledgeable staff, far more than the outdoor time available in a pre-school or child-care centre. 

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Forest School Club (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays)

4 years to 9 years

Our two-hour after school and saturday morning clubs are designed to help slightly older children unwind and 'unschool' from a busy day or week of indoor instruction. Children are encouraged to play, engage with nature, be physically active, creative, independant and to socialise whilst guided by our passionate and knowledgeable staff. 

See our full timetable: here
18 months - 4 years Accompanied Forest School
 
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Introduction

Our accompanied Forest School programme for children from 18 months old up until their 4th birthday is designed to develop resilience, confidence, creativity and independence as well as provide all of the wellbeing benefits of spending plenty of time outdoors.  Young children are reassured from the presence of their carer which allows them to feel confident to play and explore independently. Children benefit through our carefully designed play experiences inspired by nature, culture and stories. During our time together the children and adults connect with the natural world and develop a curiosity about nature which will last a life-time. Exposure to nature in the early years is crucial to fostering the next generation of caretakers for our planet. 

Details

Duration: 2hrs

Group size: up to 20 children (Dempsey)

Ratio: One adult to one child, minimum of one adult to two children, two Forest School staff

Cost: $40 per child per session

Programme

Welcome circle

Welcome and our Forest School song

Warm-up activity

The Leader will guide a warm-up activity which will vary from week to week..

Facilitated Experiences

The Leader will facilitate site appropriate learning through play experiences, often with a theme, developed based on their observations of the children's interests of preceding sessions. 

Social Snack Time

Everyone brings along a snack to share during our social snack time. Adults are encouraged to move away from their child and enjoy a drink and a chat whilst their child does likewise (postponed due to covid-19. Each parent brings their own snack for themselves and their child) .

 

Child-led exploration and play

 

Session Close

We will clean up or pack up together

The Leader will close the session with a quick re-cap of the day's events with adults invited to input, followed by a story and a minute or two of quiet 'cuddle time'  or another mindfulness activity listening to the sounds of the forest

Each term we will have at least one campfire cooking session and one excursion to a nearby location (postponed due to covid-19).

3.5 -6 years Drop-off Forest School (weekday mornings)
 
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Introduction

Our weekday morning drop-off programme is for pre-school aged children 3.5yrs-6yrs old and is inspired by outdoor adventure pedagogy, Reggio Emilia and Forest School. 

Children are free to roam, explore, challenge and engage with one another and in this way our programme has a strong influence on the development of emotional intelligence, self-esteem, and social skills. Our session Leaders carefully craft experiences based on the children's interests. Experiences have multiple links to holistic development and Bob Hughes' taxonomy of play-types. Our sessions are inspired by the natural world and it's cycles, cultural celebrations and stories. This helps children to develop a strong sense of their place in the world. We work to encourage the next generation of caretakers for our planet to emerge through personal experience of the wonder of nature.

Children attending this programme will be:

  • Ready to spend time away from their primary care-givers.

  • Able to respect the boundaries that are necessary to ensuring safety in the outdoors.

  • Physically able to play outdoors for the duration of the session in the tropical environment.

After spending at least six weeks with a child, staff will use observations to design the outdoor play experiences which will inform future sessions delivered by the session Leader. 

Parents are invited to volunteer and parents are also invited to contribute their own skills and cultural knowledge to enrich our sessions as part of our Wildlings Community.

Please view our Safety Policy for how we work to manage and mitigate the hazards that children may be exposed to whilst attending our tropical outdoor programmes. 

Details

Duration: 3hrs (mornings) 09.30-12.30, Mon, Tue., Fri

Group size: up to 15 children (Dempsey)

Ratio: 1 staff member to 5 children, minimum of 2 staff members per session, one trained first aider and one trained Leader minimum. 

Cost: $70 per child per session, booked on a termly basis

Programme

Welcome circle

Warm up games

Discussion

Mindfulness 

Nature Walk

We'll walk our site boundary, discovering new things to do and helping each other to identify and manage any hazards.

Nature Play experiences

The children will freely choose the experiences on offer that are of interest to them, or make-up and design their own, with the guidance of our passionate and skilled staff.

Social Snack Time

Mid-way through our session we will come together to cool down and have a snack, rest, and maybe listen to a story, reflect on our morning so far or simply enjoy a social chat with friends.

Experience time!

The Leader will guide the children through a new experience designed to connect the children with the natural world and provide inspiration for their time at Forest School. This could be anything from chopping wood to magic potion making. 

We will pack up together

After another session of freely chosen play experiences the children will be encouraged to reflect on their session and the things that they experienced, this may be through photographs, video, circle time or nature journals. Children are never forced to participate.

The session will close with a story and two minutes of quiet time, breathing or yoga or an energising game depending on energy levels..

Collection

We will bring the children to the gate for collection at 12.30pm. 

Each term we will have at least one campfire cooking session and one excursion to the nearby Singapore Botanic Gardens (on hold due to Covid-19). In June and December we will hold Student-Led Conferences which is an opportunity for parents to come into Forest School, speak to teachers, and observe and participate in experiences with their child. 

Teachers provide daily session updates and photographs to parents. 

4-9 years Forest School Clubs
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Introduction

Our after school clubs take place on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings and are targeted at older children with an adventurous spirit in need of a place to let off steam after a busy day or week of indoor instruction. We provide traditional outdoor experiences from making bows and arrows to taking care of insects and plants. We provide practical skills such as how to cook on a campfire and build a natural shelter. Like all of our programmes these sessions have a strong influence on the development of emotional intelligence, self-esteem, and social skills.

 

Our sessions are inspired by the natural world and it's cycles, cultural celebrations and stories. This helps children to develop a strong sense of their place in the world. We work to encourage the next generation of caretakers for our planet to emerge through personal experience of the wonder of nature.

Children attending this programme will be:

  • Ready to spend time away from their primary care-givers.

  • Able to respect the boundaries that are necessary to ensuring safety in the outdoors.

  • Physically able to play outdoors for the duration of the session in the tropical environment.

After spending at least six weeks with a child, staff will use observations to design the outdoor play experiences which will inform future sessions delivered by the session Leader. 

Parents are invited to contribute their own skills and cultural knowledge to enrich our sessions as part of our Wildlings Community.

Please view our Safety Policy for how we work to manage and mitigate the hazards that children may be exposed to whilst attending our tropical outdoor programmes. 

Details

Duration: 1.5 - 2hrs

Group size: up to 25 children (Dempsey)

Ratio: 1 staff member to 5 children (aged 4-6) and 1 staff to 8 children (aged 7-9), minimum of 2 staff members per session, one trained first aider and one trained Leader minimum. 

Cost: $55 per child per session

Programme

Welcome circle

Warm up games

Nature Walk

We'll walk our site boundary, discovering new things to do and helping each other to identify and manage any hazards.

Nature Play experiences

The children will freely choose the experiences on offer that are of interest to them, or make-up and design their own, with the guidance of our passionate and skilled staff.

Social Snack Time (*on hold due to Covid-19)

Mid-way through our session we will come together to cool down and have a snack, rest, and maybe listen to a story, reflect on our session so far or simply enjoy a social chat with friends.

Experience time!

The Leader will guide the children through a new experience designed to connect the children with the natural world and provide inspiration for their time at Forest School. This could be anything from chopping wood to magic potion making. 

Session Close

The children will be encouraged to reflect on their session and the things that they experienced, this may be through photographs, video, circle time or nature journals. Children are never forced to participate.

The session will close with a story and two minutes of quiet time, breathing or yoga or an energising game depending on energy levels..

Collection

We will bring the children to the gate for collection at 5.45pm. (afternoons), 11am (Saturdays) 

Each term we will have at least one campfire cooking session.