What is Forest School?

At our school each class has regular Forest School sessions throughout the week on either a Tuesday or Friday afternoon. We use our grounds and weather permitting, our local area.

Forest School is a child-centred inspirational learning process, that offers opportunities for holistic growth through regular sessions. It is a long-term program that supports play, exploration and supported risk taking. It develops confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting.

Forest School has a developmental ethos shared by thousands of trained practitioners around the world, who are constantly developing their learning styles and skills to support new and imaginative learners. Its roots reach back to the open-air culture, friluftsliv, or free air life, seen as a way of life in Scandinavia where Forest School began. It arrived in the UK in 1993 and has grown from strength to strength since then.

The process helps and facilitates more than knowledge-gathering, it helps learners develop socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically and intellectually. It creates a safe, non-judgemental nurturing environment for learners to try stuff out and take risks. Forest School inspires a deep and meaningful connection to the world and an understanding of how a learner fits within it. Our approach to risk means that learners constantly expand on their abilities by solving real-world issues, building self-belief and resilience. We believe that risk is more than just potential for physical harm, but a more holistic thing, there are risks in everything we do, and we grow by overcoming them. Forest School therefore, helps participants to become, healthy, resilient, creative and independent learners.

There is lots of research out there to support the outcomes of Forest School, but we know that it isn’t just the educational outcomes and research that matter, our learners and leaders love it too!

Our Forest School promotes

  1. Confidence: children having the freedom, time and space to learn and demonstrate independence
  2. Social skills: children gain increased awareness of the consequences of their actions on peers through team activities such as sharing tools and participating in play
  3. Communication: language development is prompted by the children’s sensory experiences
  4. Motivation: the woodland tends to fascinate the children and they developed a keenness to participate and the ability to concentrate over longer periods of time
  5. Physical skills: improvements are characterised by the development of physical stamina and gross and fine motor skills
  6. Knowledge and understanding: children develop an interest in the natural surroundings and respect for the environment

All children in school will undertaken Forest School sessions throughout the year within our school grounds.

At our school we work very closer with Cindy and her team at https://www.facebook.com/littleadventurersforestschool/