What is Forest Schools?
Forest Schools has developed from the Scandinavian education system and is about children and young people building self-esteem and independence through exploring and experiencing the natural world. Forest Schools is a long term programme delivered by trained practitioners within a natural environment (not necessarily a Forest!). Each Forest School programme is tailored to meet the needs of individuals within that group and is continuously developed as the children/young people grow in confidence, skills and understanding.
The ethos of Forest Schools allows learners the time and space to develop skills, interests and understanding through practical, hands-on experiences. It also allows practitioners to step back and observe the children/young people in order to then encourage and inspire individuals to achieve through careful scaffolding and facilitating.
If you are interested in seeing us at work please contact the school and arrange to visit.
What benefits will my child get from participating in Forest Schools?
Forest Schools supports the holistic development of the child:
Health and fitness – Being active in an outdoor, natural environment.
Increased emotional well-being – There is research available supporting this.
Social development – Communicating, and negotiating with peers and adults to solve problems and share experiences.
Skills development – Developing fine and gross motor skills and coordination for real purposes.
Gaining knowledge and understanding – Multi–sensory, real-life learning.
Individualised learning – Careful observation allows adults to tailor support to children’s own interests and stage of development.
Curriculum Links – Forest Schools supports many areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage framework and National Curriculum.