What is Forest School?
The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences. Children participate in engaging, motivating and achievable tasks with adults acting as facilitators. The sessions are designed to support development in many areas of learning (physical, social, emotional, linguistic, spiritual and scientific).
The emphasis in the planning is always on giving the children a holistic experience and focuses more on developmental outcomes than on ‘activities’ as such. The children are encouraged to explore and develop their own activities and ‘freely chosen play’ is a big part of the experience. Opportunities would be, when appropriate, provided for using tools and most Forest Schools would have a fire circle. Learning about health and safety and taking ‘risks’ in a controlled way are important parts of the experience.
What benefits does it have?
Research has shown the following benefits:
- Increased self-esteem and self-confidence
- Improved social skills
- Development of language and communication skills
- Improved physical motor skills
- Improved motivation and concentration
- Increased knowledge and understanding of the environment
2018 – 2019
2017 – 2018