Forest School is an inspirational process that gives learners opportunities to achieve, develop resilience and build confidence in the natural environment. Children run, make noise, get their hands and faces dirty and immerse themselves in the outdoors. They learn how to be independent, how to co-operate, to be self-motivated and to make decisions. Children take part in a wide range of activities depending on the season and location and there will often be an element of managed risk. Succeeding in forest school tasks and challenges enables our children to develop self-esteem and positive mental health.
• Forest School sessions are taught in 6 week blocks for years 1-6.
• The majority of the sessions take place at the community park in the nature area.
• Sessions are often child led and are driven by the seasons and weather.
• Sessions often involve creative thinking, problem solving and skill development.
• Children explore the natural environment through a range of practical activities, these might include: den building, camp fire cooking, nature walks and climbing
• Children are taught how to use equipment and tools safely and carefully.
• Environmental awareness and sustainability is promoted wherever possible.
• Children are taught to respect and take responsibility for the world around them.