Originally a Scandinavian idea, Forest School is based on the principle that all children can benefit from the learning opportunities inherent in the forest or woodland setting.
We believe that ‘Forest School’ is a valuable addition to our curriculum offer, supporting and enriching the main curriculum and having a strong emphasis on raising all children’s self-esteem, independence, children’s ability to work collaboratively, develop a sense of responsibility, acquire life skills and improve environmental awareness. It is very important for their development, team building skills and calculating their own risk assessments. It also allows them to connect with nature which promotes a healthy well-being.
We have 2 fully trained Forest School Leaders on our staff. Children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1 take part in weekly Forest School., children from Year 2 to 6 attend Forest School twice monthly. Sessions take place at a local private woodland.
‘The centre of Forest School philosophy is that learning occurs powerfully, through the intrinsic interest of the child, according to their preferred learning style. This is evident in high motivation and involvement, active participation, measured risk and positive attitudes to learning. It is led by practitioners qualified in Forest School practice and extended shared thinking continues back in the classroom.’ (Pathways to Excellence for Children Rosanne Pugh Nancy Stewart Shropshire County Council 2006)