‘forest school is an innovative educational approach to outdoor learning’.
Forest School is a way of working with children outdoors, helping them learn, whilst developing physically, emotionally and socially and forming an appreciation and respect for the environment. The sessions are child-led and child-initiated and aim to allow the child to follow their own interests and develop at their own pace. The sessions are also linked to a number of curriculum subjects and are a valuable teaching resource.
Our Forest School leader is extremely enthusiastic and believes Forest School should be available to all children. She holds the level 3 OCN Forest School practitioner qualification.
What are the benefits to children?
Research has shown that Forest School increases children’s confidence, self-esteem, independence, self- awareness, motor and social skills. As the weeks continue, the sessions are built on and the children learn to understand boundaries, stay safe whilst taking risks, explore at their own level and pace and use and develop creative imaginations.
What will the children be doing?
A typical 2 hour session includes:
- Safety rules through fun games
- Ranger directed activity
- Childs free play
- Tasty treats toasted on the fire with a drink whilst sharing and reflecting on the session
Children will be out in all weathers to enable them to experience all seasons – there is no such thing as bad weather only bad clothing!!
Sessions could include bushcraft, painting with berries, senses activities, tree activities…….. and so on! The list is endless to what can be achieved and learnt in the forest.