What is Forest School?

Forest school is a way of learning in a woodland environment where children of all ages and abilities can develop socially, emotionally and physically through play and following individual preferred learning styles.  It involves taking the children on regular visits to the same area of woodland and allowing them to explore the natural environment in an enjoyable and fun way.

Aims

We aim to give all children and practitioners a collective insight into the ethos of Forest School. Forest School builds on a child’s innate motivation and positive attitude to learning, offering them the opportunities to take risks, make choices and initiate learning for themselves. The Forest school learning environment provides opportunities for children to be independant, self motivated, develop self-esteem and self-confidence to form positive relationships with others and develop a growing awareness of their emotional needs and the needs of others. They also learn to cooperate and work with their peers and adults, and to develop strategies in order to take risks within the boundaries of safety.

Forest School is about exploring and experiencing the natural world through practical activities. The children go out in all weathers, all year round, exploring and learning from the seasons and environment changes. The children’s interests along with the varied natural resources in our woodland are used to stimulate creative thinking, problem solving and skill development, all in the guise of play.

 

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