Forest School

What is Forest School?

A few words about our provisions

The ethos of Forest School is for people to instigate, test and maintain a curiosity in the world around them.  Particularly for children it allows them to explore, be creative, learn about and preserve the natural world in a safe environment. It is a common belief that every child has the right to play/ learn in the outdoors and Forest School can clearly achieve such targets. 

Forest school is an all-season activity. Sessions can range from exploring and identifying trees, plants, flowers, bugs and animals, to learning fire safety and constructing camp fires, to survival skills such as den building. Included in every session, to allow the child to explore at their own pace and progress into potential child-led learning, an element of free play will be present. This is an important part of the session that every child could excel in, find something of interest or just generally appreciate and enjoy spending time outside.

Why do Forest School?

Mental Well-Being

Forest school can encompass surplus benefits for children, staff, schools and communities. In particular children are able to develop as a whole through child-led learning but also gain valuable skills. There is a growing emphasis placed on mental wellbeing of children. Forest school provides opportunities for children to learn and adopt traits to encourage positive experiences and outlooks. Time spent outside in green spaces such as woodland, fields or forests (prime places for forest schools) reduce rates of mental illnesses in children. 

Improve Skills

Forest school can increase numerous skills for children such as; 

  • Confidence
  • Self-esteem
  • Motivation
  • Concentration
  • Problem solving ability
  • Stress relief

New Experiences

Not only that, it can also provide children with the experiences to learn, apply and transfer skills into everyday life for example; 

  • Communication during fire safety
  • Problem solving during den building
  • Team work during bug hunts
  • Independence during free play
  • Respect for peers, wildlife and the environment in every session.

Our Forest School Programme…

 is a long-term process of frequent and regular sessions in a woodland or natural environment.

 takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between child and the natural world.  

 delivers sessions in schools that have their own Forest School Equipment and assists to help and direct schools who desire to source their own equipment and can also provide schools with equipment session by session.

 promotes the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners. 

 provides the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and the learner. 

 is run by qualified Forest School Leaders who continuously maintain and develop their professional practise. 

 uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for development and learning. 

 includes cross-curricular links to other subject areas from the national curriculum programmes of study such as maths, literacy, and science.

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