DSPNS Forest school sessions bring the children and the curriculum to the forest on Killiney Hill weekly for a block of time.  The structure of each session allows the children to build connection: to themselves through sit spots, creative opportunities and reflection; to each other through games and teamwork; and to the world we live in through experiencing it with all their senses.

The aim is to foster resilient, independent, confident and creative learners using a flexible approach and natural resources.

The learning flows out of the sessions in so many ways.  English, Geography, Science, Maths, SPHE, Music, Art, PE, Ethical Education and drama are all covered in the sessions and then the richness of the experience continues the engagement and motivation in the classroom and at home.

Have a look at the wonderful blog posts by Liz McMahon with whom we collaborate with to run these sessions.   https://dlrcreativityintheclassroom.wordpress.com/

We have two blogs that really elucidate the benefits of forest school and what happens during a series of sessions written by Yuuki Blakeney,  ゆ(Yu) う(U) き(Ki), a trained forest school leader and parent in our school.

https://dspns.ie/forest-school/learnings-and-benefits-third-class/

https://dspns.ie/forest-school/observations-and-benefits/

 

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Week 3 – nest building

We looked the the materials in the nest. What was the difference between the outside materials and the inside materials? They found white long hairs in the inside. This nest came from my garden. I told how I clean the hairs from my comb during 

1st class session 2 – the music of what happens

So much happens in a forest school session. Each group has a different experience as the environment, the leader, the resources and the children themselves all co-create what happens. We also had a drawing sit spot where we could draw what we noticed during our 

Junior Infants 2 – Grandmother tree and invertebrates

The children are already creating memories and routines. They are finding many treasures and using their sensory and observation skills to develop their curiosity. For more photos and information have a look at Liz McMahon’s blog on Forest Friday | DLR Creativity in the Classroom 

1st class – being welcomed back to the Forest

It’s always a treat to observe how classes who have been to Forest Fridays engage with the environment. Our main role is to remind them of the structure, provide opportunities for learning and connection and creativity, and to keep time! We are also very lucky 

Junior Infants – first day in Forest school

Junior Infants had their first session in the forest today. They used all their senses and their imaginations and had lots of fun learning. They noticed things with their ears and hands and bodies and eyes and noses and mouths and did lots of wondering, 

6th class – principle of regular sessions

Forest school is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than a one-off or infrequent visits. The essence of forest school is the building and developing of relationships; with ourselves, each other and nature. This can’t be done in a one off session. (One off 

6th class – Principle of holistic learning

It was a cold, still and cloudy morning. There was almost no wind in our base camp and we could hear lots of birds singing away throughout the session. Today’s theme was to think about the third of the forest school principles: “holistic development”. Forest School 

6th class – Principle of appropriate risk

(written by Yuuki Blakeney & Jenny Dungan) It was a lovely sunny day for the second week of Forest School with 6th class. The theme of this week’s session was “taking appropriate risks”. One of the six principles of Forest school is to offer learners 

4th class – Winter and Spring

4th class started off the day searching for hazel flowers. Hazel flowers are tiny. We could see the catkins full of pollen dangling from the branches but finding the tiny pink flowers was a challenge. It’s amazing the think that this is how a hazelnut 

Principles of Forest school – Woodland setting

Principle 1: Forest school takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world. For the five sessions we have with 6th class this year we are bringing their attention to some of 

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