What is a Forest School?
Forest School is an approach that originates in Scandinavia, where there is an emphasis on young children gaining an appreciation for the natural world, and is now becoming more popular in the UK as practitioners are seeing the benefits of children learning outdoors.
The definition of a Forest School is:
‘Forest School is an inspirational process that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem, through hands on learning experiences in a local woodland or natural environment with trees’
Why run a Forest School?
There is evidence to show that over the last 40 years children are spending less and less time exploring the outdoors. This is due to worries about children’s safety playing outdoors, smaller gardens and more time spent watching TV, playing computer games or on other technological devices.
The benefits of regular Forest School sessions for children has been researched and show an increase in confidence and self-esteem, a wider use of language and communication, an improvement in social skills and greater motivation and concentration. As well as a more in-depth understanding of their environment and an increase in their physical development and stamina.
When do we run a Forest School?
On Thursday mornings, sessions start at 09.00- 12.00
Where are our Forest School sessions held?
In the wood [meadow covert] adjoining Edwalton primary School
How do we run our Forest School Sessions?
We have a staff ratio of 1:4 children, the staff are all Forest School trained. We risk assess the area and activities and ensure we have appropriate insurance.
We go out in all weather, we provide waterproof trousers and jackets and necessary equipment.
We explore the natural environment, look for insects and identify plants and trees. We make dens, climb trees, use tools and light fires safely. We use our senses to learn and be creative, we have fun and play games and listen to rules and talk and laugh!