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Forest School Introduction

5th November 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am Mr McGarvey and I am very excited to be joining Flax Hill and Lark Hall to teach Forest School and Outdoor Learning. I have worked in the outdoor industry for over ten years, starting my career working in outdoor education centres across the United Kingdom. For the last five years I taught Outdoor Learning at a primary school in Sandwell.

I hold a variety of qualifications including Level 3 in Forest School Programming, Bushcraft for Practitioners and Advanced First Aid. I am also a Registered Practitioner for the Institute of Outdoor Learning (RPIOL). Along with this, I am qualified to run the mountain biking GEARS programme from the Mountain Biking Instructor Award Scheme (MIAS) and I can run the John Muir Award (an outdoor award that individuals or families can achieve by spending time outdoors, learning about the environment and taking measures to help conserve natural spaces).

Outdoor Learning and Forest School is the name for an approach to educating children in the outdoors on a regular basis. This work will support the main curriculum and will have a strong emphasis on raising all children’s self-esteem, independence and mental wellbeing. Activities will include team building skills, fire lighting, den building and using tools, as well as lots of discovery and explore.

An integral part of the Outdoor Learning/Forest School experience is that children will experience the outdoors in all weathers, with the exception thunder storms. Please assume that your child will be outside when they take part in Outdoor Learning/Forest Schools, even if it is for a shortened session. On the day that your child has Outdoor Learning/Forest school please can they come into school wearing outdoor clothes. They will also need to bring some wellies or spare outdoor shoes in a labelled bag and a spare pair of socks. 

Outdoor learning/Forest School clothes are old, comfortable clothes. Feel free to bring any waterproof clothing you currently own. On cold days please provide warm clothes including a thick jumper, coat, hat and gloves. On warm summer days please provide a sun hat and ensure that your child has sun cream applied. Long hair needs to be tied back. Please bear in mind your child could possibly get muddy!

I am looking forward to getting to know your children and having lots of fun learning on our outdoor sessions.

Many thanks,
Mr McGarvey


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Lark Hall Infant and Nursery Academy

Lark Hall Infant and Nursery Academy

Our school’s main aim is to create a happy, caring, secure environment in which our children can develop confidence, individuality and good learning habits. We help pupils develop lively, enquiring minds.