What is Forest School?

Forest School teaches  ‘holistically’. That is, we won’t just be concentrating on academic skills but also team building, reasoning and critical thinking skills- which can be taken back into the classroom. These outdoor learning experiences will help your child build self-confidence and resilience.

 

It is based outdoors so they also start to appreciate nature as well as build on creative skills. 

The types of activities that we will be taking part in are:

 

Den building

 

 

Planting trees

 

 

Bug hunts

 

 

Tracking

 

 

Fire building

 

 

Cooking over a fire

 

 

Creating and telling stories

 

 

Making art and sculptures

 

 

Identifying plants and animals

 

 

Woodland crafts including using tools

 

 

Making music from natural materials

 

 

 

 

 

Forest School has a learner centered approach and all participants are viewed as:
  • equal, unique and valuable
  • competent to explore & discover
  • entitled to experience appropriate risk and challenge
  • entitled to choose, and to initiate and drive their own learning and development
  • entitled to experience regular success
  • entitled to develop positive relationships with themselves and other people
  • entitled to develop a strong, positive relationship with their natural world
There are main principles that every Forest School should follow. These are:
 
  • FS is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than a one-off or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session.
  • FS takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
  • FS uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.
  • FS aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
  • FS offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
  • FS is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.
Taken from the Forest School Association website - see www.forestschoolsassocitation.org for more information.