Forest School

“Forest Schools is an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning”

 Originally a concept developed in Denmark, children attending Forest Schools had strong social skills, the ability to work in groups effectively, and generally had high esteem and confidence in their own capabilities.  These attributes proved to be an effective foundation that raised academic achievements.  The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive experiences and participation in engaging and motivating achievable tasks and activities in a woodland environment, helping to develop personal, social and emotional skill:

  • Independence
  • Self –discovery
  • Confidence
  • Communication Skills
  • Raised Self-esteem

 

Programmes run throughout the year going to the woods in all weathers (except high winds).  Children use full sized tools, play, learn new skills and develop clear boundaries of behaviour.

 Each Forest School site is unique.  Following introductory sessions in the woodland exploring the site and establishing physical and behavioural boundaries, safety and hygiene routines, small and large scale projects are developed through a child led approach.  Opportunities are made for these projects to be taken back to the indoor setting for continuation and extension.   Each time the children leave the woodland they take something with them to encourage interest and communicative interaction.  Individual’s progress is observed and monitored through a thorough evaluation process to ensure that aims and objectives are being met.

 Forest School sessions are planned and led by a Level 3 Forest School Practitioner who also holds an Outdoor First Aid qualification.

 For more information on Forest Schools please contact Katie Staton (Senior Teacher Pre-Prep)