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AIBU to hate Forest School?

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thetreelooksnice Thu 01-Feb-18 18:08:41

That's it. My kids hate it. They get cold and muddy. It was OK when they were younger but now they want to stay in the warm to study!

elliejjtiny Thu 01-Feb-18 18:11:30

How old are they? I don't get forest school. I thought it was a little children thing (preschool and reception). But now they have just started doing it at my dc's school and my son in year 5 is doing it.

JenTeale Thu 01-Feb-18 18:12:15


If they're cold and muddy you are not providing the correct clothing.

They need thermal base layers, then trackie bottoms, warm jumper and fleece, and then waterproof trousers and jacket, also wellies, decent gloves and a hat.

MrsSmudge Thu 01-Feb-18 18:12:46

Of course you're not being unreasonable. How dare they make it compulsory?

thetreelooksnice Thu 01-Feb-18 18:14:41

lol@JenTeale The school tells us which clothing they must have!

Ellie, they are 11 and 13.

Gazelda Thu 01-Feb-18 18:17:07

My DD loves Forest School. She's learned so much, and been enthused enough to continue some of the projects at home.
She's 9 though, maybe she'll think differently by the time she's your DCs ages.

icelollycraving Thu 01-Feb-18 18:20:16

Ds loved it in reception but not so keen now, I get the benefits but it’s a pain in the arse. Ds loses something every week, getting him into his forest kit to go to breakfast club is a pain.
On the other hand I like him getting out on the fresh air and I’m grateful we live somewhere this is possible.

BoilYerHeid Thu 01-Feb-18 18:20:38

YANBU. I would have absolutely hated it as a child. I loved the warmth and security of the school building and really loved wet playtimes where we got to stay indoors.

My 2 year old does quite like being outdoors (more than I do) but outdoor play in the nursery garden each day and a woodland walk once a week is perfectly adequate!

taytopotato Thu 01-Feb-18 18:20:42

If they're cold - it's the clothing.
YABU, there are so many benefits of forest school. Your children are lucky to have them as not all schools offer this.

icelollycraving Thu 01-Feb-18 18:21:01

^ I need to remove the splinters from my arse.

crumpet Thu 01-Feb-18 18:23:36

I think Forest School is a great idea.

IncyWincyGrownUp Thu 01-Feb-18 18:24:29

Forest school seems pretty pointless for the most part. If it’s part of the 9-3 curriculum I’d be worries it’s interfering with actual study too. If parents want to indulge this stuff it should be undertaken at the weekend.

franktheskank Thu 01-Feb-18 18:32:45

I think they need more forest school type activities. They do much sitting down being force fed information at school, the more they get out and about the bettersmile

Thymeout Thu 01-Feb-18 18:36:30

At my gs's school it's used as a sort of boot camp. He's in Yr 3 (7/8) and his class was getting out of hand so they were 'prescribed' 3 weeks of Forest School. After 15 days in the wild, they were allowed back in on a normal tt and were apparently changed beyond recognition. In a good way.

RainbowGlitterFairy Thu 01-Feb-18 18:37:51

I love forest school, so do most of the children I work with and they get a lot out of it, however I am at primary. At secondary age I can see the benefit of once in a while as a class bonding bit of fun but I doubt they are getting that much out of it on a regular basis.

newyearsameme80 Thu 01-Feb-18 18:40:40

They need thermal base layers, then trackie bottoms, warm jumper and fleece, and then waterproof trousers and jacket, also wellies, decent gloves and a hat
Not for the poor, then.

SoIAskYou Thu 01-Feb-18 18:43:13

My DS in Y6 loves it, but I hate it. The mud, the extra laundry, the mess in the car...argghhhh but I smile and say "aww how lovely sweetheart" .

taytopotato Thu 01-Feb-18 18:45:58

Children will need to be ready for the zombie apocalypse grin

Seriously though, have a look at West Rise Junior School

happiestcamper Thu 01-Feb-18 18:46:50

I love forest school. Everything is more fun outdoors

Eolian Thu 01-Feb-18 18:50:27

YABU. It's good for them to be outside and do nature stuff.

Chugalug Thu 01-Feb-18 18:55:26

Never heard of this..thought you meant the private school in london

ssd Thu 01-Feb-18 18:59:49

I can't think of anything worse than forest school, stupid bloody middle class idea

CrochetBelle Thu 01-Feb-18 19:06:40

I would love it if my kids had access to Forest School or similar.

Do you know that there are parts of the world where Scouting is a mandatory part of schooling?

CaraBosse1 Thu 01-Feb-18 19:18:42

Oh it's ok for a bit of fresh air but then all that leaf rubbing, den building and searching for bugs gets tedious!

Oblomov18 Thu 01-Feb-18 19:25:03

I am very very shocked at all the negative views. Forest schools are based on very good principals and are fabulous for most children.

If you are complaining about a child being cold,presumably you have provided insufficient clothing.

If you are saying your child always liars something, then maybe you need to check they have everything before leaving, like you would after any club/after school activity/etc.

Odd complaints.

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