What is Forest School?
The Forest School approach is based on the Scandinavian education system that recognises the importance of children’s contact with nature. Children build self esteem and independence through exploring and experiencing the natural world (not necessarily a forest!) The forest school philosophy is to engage and inspire individuals of any age through positive experience and participation in achievable tasks and activities in a woodland environment. Trained practitioners deliver a long term programme which is tailored to meet the needs of the individuals within the group. It is continuously developed as the children grow in confidence, skills and understanding.
How do children benefit from taking part in Forest Schools sessions?
Forest school supports the holistic development of:
- Confidence: children are given the freedom, time and space to learn and demonstrate independence
- Social skills: children gain an increased awareness of the consequences of their actions on peers through team activities such as sharing tools and participating in play. They learn to negotiate whilst sharing experiences and solving problems
- Communication: language development is prompted by the children’s sensory experiences
- Motivation: the woodland tends to be fascinating to children. They develop a keenness to participate and the ability to concentrate over longer periods of time. This helps children develop a positive attitude towards learning.
- Physical skills: Children develop fine and gross motor skills, coordination and resilience.
- Knowledge and understanding: the children develop an interest in the natural surroundings and respect for the environment
- Forest school also supports many areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and the National Curriculum
If you are interested in finding out more about Forest Schools you are very welcome to come and talk to Mrs Yates or visit the website https://forestschools.com