Little Oaks spend some time in the forest at Northchapel


YOUNGSTERS at Little Oaks Pre-school in Northchapel have been taking advantage of the lasting good weather to take part in some outdoor learning through their Forest School sessions.

They have been climbing trees, making dens and drinking hot chocolate around the camp fire.

The Forest School educational programme aims to create fun opportunities for children to learn about their natural environment.

And in their latest sessions, the children at Little Oaks learned about safety around the fire and how to set their own boundaries by tying ribbons to trees.

Northchapel Community Primary School and the village pre-school joined the Forest School scheme last year, making trips to woodland at the back of the school.

With the help of parents and friends volunteering their time, teachers and head teacher Helen Coleman have been taking advantage 
of the resource right on their doorstep.

They said the Forest School experience helps the children’s learning in many ways including improving their communication skills, helping them understand the changes in nature through the seasons and keeping them fit with woodland workouts.