As a school we feel that these extra subjects are important in the education of each of the pupils that attend school here.
What is Forest School?
(Please click on PDF leaflet below for further information about Forest Schools at Fred Nicholson School)
Forest School Association:-
“Forest School is an inspirational process that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem, through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.”
Forest school has six principles:-
1) Forest School is a long-term process with frequent and regular sessions rather than a one-off visit. Planning, adaption, observations and reviewing are integral elements of Forest School.
2) Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural wooded environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
3) Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
4) Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
5) Forest School is run by qualified Forest school practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.
6) Forest School uses a range of learner centred processes to create a community for development and learning.
For more information :- http://www.forestschoolassociation.org/
Forest School clothing checklist
(A pdf version is available by clicking on the link below )
For those pupils taking part in Forest schools activities the following is a simple checklist of items to remember:
The thickness of clothing will depend on the season:
- Wellies or an old pair of shoes/trainers – for reasons of safety the whole of the foot must be enclosed
- Socks, extra pairs may be handy on cold day
- Long trousers
- Long sleeved top (Summer and winter)
- Waterproof jacket or thicker waterproof coat
- Hat (summer or winter)
- Gloves/scarf for colder days
- We have a small supply of spare waterproofs and wellingtons pupils can borrow, but are limited on sizes.
- More thin layers are best for warmth and can always be removed if too warm.
- Names on clothes would be useful.
- Please send in sun cream for sunny days.
- Even when it is sunny and warm at the start of a session a cold wind can make a big difference and the wooded area is shady and some areas can be exposed.
Please use old clothes and let your child know that at Forest School they CAN GET DIRTY and you don’t mind!
Forest School Handbook
Click below for the pdf version of the Forest Schools Handbook.
As proud recipients of the International School Award for the past 9 years, we strive to encourage our pupils to look outside of their immediate world through local, national and international partnerships. Links are woven throughout our curriculum to ensure every opportunity is taken to promote an understanding of equality and diversity. We offer a range of opportunities throughout the year for our pupils to meet with visitors from other cultures and countries, organise ‘themed days’ and have embedded links with schools in India, France and China. We also work closely with the Traveller Education Service challenging stereotypical views, ensuring local beliefs and cultures are included.Great News! We are once again proud recipients of the International School Award from the British Council. This award, which will run until 2017, recognises the work and opportunities which go towards giving our pupils both cultural and international experiences beyond their immediate world. We are already looking to the future with plans already in place for a trip to France and Belgium this Autumn to visit the WWI memorials, also to Italy next Spring for a sporting trip to the ski slopes! We are working towards making links with a township school in S. Africa and continue to have firm links with schools in France, China and India. A BIG thank you to staff, parents and visitors to our school, who have made this happen once again!
Protective Behaviours (PB) is a practical and down to earth approach to personal safety. It is a process which encourages self empowerment and brings with it the skills to avoid being victimised. This is achieved by helping people to recognise and trust their intuitive feelings (Early Warning Signs) and develop strategies for self protection. The PB process encourages an adventurous approach to life which satisfies the need for fun and excitement without fear or violence. Our Protect Me programme is taken from this approach and adjusted to the needs and abilities of the children in our school, using the two themes below:
We all have the right to feel safe all the time!
We can all talk with someone about anything…even if it is awful or small!
Once we understood how our body tells us what emotions feel and look like, we can tell the difference between them. When we are sure of which feelings are which, we can look at the ones we find hard to cope with, build skills and make plans to deal with them in a safe way. We can also learn how to listen to the early warning signals that we get from our bodes when we feel that something isn’t right. When we’ve learn what that might feel like, we can look at ways that will help us feel safe again!
We learn that sometimes taking risks might be for fun, like going on a rollercoaster. Taking risks might also be done on purpose e.g. some of our children find assembly a very difficult place to be, so to recieve an award in assembly would be a big risk. Occasionally we need to risk doing something we find hard to achieve a positive outcome. We can make plans and look at ways that would help us feel safer and understand the process we have to go through to achieve.
There are times that we need other people to help us. Protect Me helps us to understand how to trust our own feelings, to learn about good qualities of people, postivie relationships and how we can trust other people. Then we can decide who would be good for us to have on our personal support network. We learn that when we don’t get the help we need the first time of asking that we need, that we should try again, and again, and again, and again until we feel safe with the answer or help we are given!
It’s about feeling safe, taking responsiblity for ourselves, planning for postivie outcomes and knowing that we are all different, and that is ok.
After School Clubs
After school on Thursdays, pupils are able to stay to an After school club activity including:
The club finishes at 4.45pm, contact Mrs D Chambers for information. Transport home may be available.
Norfolk Safer Places Scheme
Norfolk is part of the Safer Places Scheme which is a scheme run by the Norfolk Constabulary. This provides a safe place for people with Special Education Needs and Disabilities to go to if they need a helping hand whilst out and about in the Community. Safer Places display a sticker in their window and staff there will have had basic training to help identofy what help is needed.
To register for this service and find out more please go to the Local Offer website link :http://www.norfolk.gov.uk/children-and-families/send-local-offer/preparing-for-adulthood/be-part-of-the-community and look at the Staying Safe and Supported in the Community Page.