PPA - Planning, Preparation & Assessments

The PPA cover that Primary Forest School can provide will cover a variety of topics within outdoor learning. In the below table are some of the activities that children can participate in and what skills or impact it may have on them.

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Activity Skills Impact
Identification/ exploration of trees, plants and flowers Observing, Problem Solving, Reading, Counting Children can identify, understand and preserve natural world around them.
Identification/ exploration of bugs, animals and birds Observing, Problem Solving, Reading, Counting Children can identify, understand and preserve natural wildlife around them.
Den Building Teamwork, Problem Solving, Independence, Communication Children can identify suitable terrain and construct a safe structure.
Camp Fires Safety Awareness, Communication, Motor Skills, Team Work, Self-Esteem Children gain fire safety knowledge. What is needed for a fire and how to prevent.
Environmental Discussions Communication, Awareness, Environmental knowledge Children can identify elements that should not be in the natural world. Children become more eco-friendly.
Survival Activities Team Work, Communication, Confidence, Simple First Aid, Decision Making Children can understand and act on the importance of survival techniques.
Free Play Independence, Risk Perception, Confidence, Self-Esteem, Decision Making Children can explore safely and lead to possible child-led learning.
Forest School Excursion Team Work, Transferable Skills, Problem Solving, Communication, Self Esteem, Environmental Knowledge Children can apply all learnt skills to any environment they may be.
The PPA programmes that we offer are available for KS1 and KS2. All ages will cover the above topics with simplified and supervised sessions for KS1 and progressions for KS2 that usually enforce how each child can make a difference to the environment. The school would receive access to the sessions plans and tracking of 2 children from each session will be completed each half term.
Discussions would be frequent with either the class teacher or P.E Co-ordinator and action plans would be designed for each child to continue their development throughout the year. Our current focus is on children who are deprived or whom we believe would benefit greatly from outdoor learning to provide opportunities for them either within the school setting or local community. We try and create as many links with the local community as possible as we want as many children to engage in outdoor learning and preservation- not only in the school setting.
Key Focus
 Every child gets the opportunity to experience and explore free play in a safe natural environment.
 Every child can learn essential survival techniques to improve decision making and knowledge in the outdoors.
 “Differentiation” within our sessions ensuring that the coaches meet the needs of each child.
 Children are given the opportunity to learn to use tools safely to complete tasks such as camp fires and creative activities. 
 Children are given the opportunity to lead learning by asking questions and investigating current unknown topics.
 Coaches look to develop each aspect of the child such as their social interaction, communication, self-esteem, decision making, understanding of the natural world, how to preserve, grow and respect surroundings including wildlife.
 Coaches provide notice/communication boards to promote Forest School activities in school.
 Communication between coach, school and parent to provide feedback.
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