What is Forest School?

Forest Schools has developed from the Scandinavian education system and is about children and young people building self-esteem and independence through exploring and experiencing the natural world. Forest Schools is a long term programme delivered by trained practitioners within a natural environment (not necessarily a Forest!). Each Forest School programme is tailored to meet the needs of individuals within that group and is continuously developed as the children/young people grow in confidence, skills and understanding.

The ethos of Forest Schools allows learners the time and space to develop skills, interests and understanding through practical, hands- on experiences. It also allows practitioners to step back and observe the children/young people in order to then encourage and inspire individuals to achieve through careful scaffolding and facilitating. 

What will my child be doing?

Our Forest School routine varies , however it may include; preparing to go out by dressing in outdoor clothes such as waterproofs; travelling to another site; singing special songs and sharing stories. Forest Schools will run all year round and in all weathers (unless weather conditions are dangerous). The child led ethos of Forest Schools means that once at the site the children can choose what to participate in, carefully supported and encouraged by trained adults. Possible activities may include: 

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  • Hunting for mini-beasts and/or pond dipping

  • Natural crafts – making necklaces from elder, crowns or dream catchers from willow, collages from natural materials, weaving with long grasses, tree cookies, etc

  • Mud sculptures

  • Shelter building and knot tying  Tree climbing

  • Using tools for a purpose – such as peeling bark from sticks with potato peelers to make toasting forks.

  • Fire building and cooking on a camp fire 

Sessions are planned around the individual’s and group’s needs, and built upon each week. Our Forest School Leader is qualified through nationally recognised and accredited training, therefore ensuring the Forest School is a high quality learning experience.