We can’t wait for this! Once a week for seven weeks with the same kids at an amazing location doing Forest School. Many, many thanks to Wexford Co. Co. and Local Agenda 21 funding for supporting us and having the vision to see the benefits and putting the financial support behind us to deliver and develop Forest School programmes in the South East.
The Irish National Heritage Park have made us feel so welcome and are basically incredible in their clarity of action behind their vision to deliver life-enhancing natural and cultural heritage programmes at the Park. Theirs is a massive endorsement for Forest School as a definite pathway to bring nature connection into childrens lives, and they are holding a vision for Forest School at their centre in the South East.
We couldn’t do it without the amazing local school, Crossabeg NS, the great Principal and teachers and kids that have jumped in with two feet (literally).
Watch this space for more news as the weeks progress.
Wexford Forest School Project Launch
It’s a very exciting week for the Wexford Forest School Project with Earth Force Education (WFSP) and it’s partner and project host the The Irish National Heritage Park (INHP).
On Thursday 29th Septmeber we will launch our flagship Forest School Pilot Program supported by Wexford County Council who adjudged our initiative suitable for funding under Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund.
Congratulations to Crossabeg NS for being our very first school to come on board and the twenty-two Third Class students who will spend some time learning and growing with us taking part in a Forest School session once per school week in the Heritage Park this Autumn.
If you haven’t heard of the WFSP its an intiative that aims to establish a regional Forest School Hub at the INHP and is co-ordinated by Ciara Hinksman of Earth Force Education and two local Forest School Leaders Shane Furlong and Orla Gallagher.
For the next seven weeks, students from Crossabeg NS will come to us once a week, during school hours, on Thursdays to witness and partake in the change of the seasons.
They will learn about their place in and effect on the natural world through nature games, woodland crafts, animal tracking and observation while being facilitated in child-led play, all the while steeped in the heritage portrayed by the Irish National Heritage Park.
Forest School can be experientially linked to all areas of the Primary Curriculum, it happens in all weathers so waterproofs are essential kit! Forest School has demonstrated success with children of all ages who visit the same local woodlands on a regular basis and through play, have the opportunity to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others. Forest School programmes can run throughout the year, for up to 36 weeks, going to the woods in all weathers (except for high winds). Children use full sized tools, play, learn boundaries of behaviour; both physical and social, establish and grow in confidence, self-esteem and become self motivated.
This pilot programme is a first to be funded by a Local Authority in Ireland and we look forward to keeping you up to date on our progress and in welcoming other Wexford schools to the park to experience Forest School over the coming years.
You will find regular updates here: https://www.facebook.com/WexfordForestSchoolProject/ and at the INHP Facebook Page.