What is Forest School?
Forest School is a way of learning and building confidence in a natural environment. It gives children the opportunity to explore the world around them and learn to respect and love nature. Forest School supports children’s right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities.
At Forest School children access the vibrant reality of the natural world,giving them opportunities for problem solving, critical thinking, social interaction and chances to build resilience in a challenging world. Forest School sessions help children build positive values and attitudes about themselves, about learning, about managing risks and about the environment.
This is done through a supportive curriculum which has the child’s interests at heart. The children, within a regular routine, initiate their own learning and manage their time. Activities are planned that reflect the children’s interests and build on experiences from previous sessions. Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of the child, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
It is important that children go to Forest School on a regular basis in their time at school. This enables children to build up their knowledge of the site and experience the changing landscape and seasons. They soon learn the best tree to climb, a good spot to go on a mini beast hunt, the log to look under to find a toad, the boggy part of the site that freezes over, where the fungi grow - the list is endless. Children build a bank of positive first-hand experiences which enhance their understanding and add value to their classroom learning. It also supports their physical and mental well-being and has a positive impact on their personal and social skills.
Ultimately Forest School is lots of fun enjoyed by children and adults alike!