16 October 2019

Year 7 have experienced two days of Forest School over the past two weeks at National Trust site Quarry Bank.  Forest School is a Scandinavian concept which encourages the development of skills such as creativity, cooperation, resourcefulness and resilience.  It is proven that outdoor experiences have a positive effect on childrens’ learning and emotional and social wellbeing.  

During the Forest School days, students explored the woodland environment and played team-building games, used natural materials to make dream catchers, and developed practical skills by building shelters.  At the end of the day, the group toasted marshmallows around a campfire and discussed what they had learned.  Harvey said,

“It was really fun being able to explore the woods and building stuff, everyone worked as a team and we managed to get it done.”

 Miss Evans who accompanied the students was really impressed,

“Seeing students work collaboratively and consider each other was great, I was really proud of them.”

Students really engaged with the surroundings and the activities and came back to school buzzing with excitement and confidence.  NGHS is proud to be one of Quarry Bank’s community schools and all our families are very lucky to have family pass to gain access to the site for a year.  Quarry Bank is open all year round and has much to offer from the well preserved cotton mill to it’s grounds and gardens, see what’s on at Quarry Bank here.

Forest School

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