Forest School

What is Forest School?

 

Forest School is generally a woodland based learning environment that is complimentary, not separate to learning in a traditional classroom. It is a unique educational approach to outdoor play and learning. The philosophy of Forest School is to inspire and encourage people of any age, through positive outdoor experiences. Sessions are not workbook led but are centred on and by the learners themselves, drawing on their imagination and interests. Learning can be brought to life in a real context by supportive and qualified Forest School practitioners in carefully structured sessions.

 

Forest School originated in Scandinavia in the 1950’s. The concept was introduced into the UK in the 1995 by Nursery nurse staff from Bridgewater College, following their visit to a Danish Forest School. Forest Schools now operate all over the UK and with it a shared belief that this ‘outdoor’ approach to play and learning can have a huge impact on the normal development of children.  

 

 

Forest School Ethos

 

Forest school aims to inspire and encourage individuals and families to develop their personal, social and emotional skills through participation in tasks and activities which are motivating and achievable.

 

These skills include:

Independence

Confidence

Courage

Self-motivation

Self-discovery

Consideration, respect and responsibility for themselves, others and their environment

Communication skills

Increased self- esteem

 

 

Forest Schools are successful with individuals of all ages who visit the same site on a regular basis. They learn through play, by following their own initiative and problem solving, through communication and cooperation with others. Individuals also learn early risk management strategies, about the natural environment in all weathers and opportunities to use full sized tools.

Those who attend Forest School sessions have opportunities to experience different learning styles and techniques, enabling them to access learning at their own level and develop it further.

When provided with opportunities to explore their world, using all of their senses and emotions, a deeper understanding of the world and everything in it is created.

 

Planning Forest School sessions

 

Objectives are taken from the National Curriculum – (Curriculum 2000) and from the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

They may also be taken from SEAL publication (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning: Improving behaviour, improving learning)

 

Forest School sessions are planned with an emphasis on developing the children’s personal, social and emotional skills. This may include helping them to deal with their emotions in an appropriate manner, encouraging them to negotiate with others and taking turns in conversations / using equipment or to developing their confidence and self-esteem.

 
JL / 2010
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Simon Haughton,
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