What is Forest School - Background:
Forest School is an educational model that originates from Scandinavia which involved participants learning about and learning from nature. Ideally, it would take place in a local woodland where children have travelled by foot however the key principles can be applied in any location. It is a system that promotes social, emotional and physical development through activities in an outdoor environment where risk can be a factor.
Key Principles of Forest School
- Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
- Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.
- Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
- Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves
Benefits of Forest School:
- Increased self-esteem and self-confidence
- Development of physical skills
- Development of language and communication skills
- Increased levels of motivation and concentration
- Demonstration of an improved relationship with and understanding of the outdoors
Information for parents:
Before each block of learning for Forest School you will receive a letter from your class teacher explaining when the sessions take place and listing what the children will need to wear. Children must have a complete change of clothing for Forest School. If children do not have the appropriate clothing, they will not be able to take part and will work independently in another class. Children should have:
- Waterproof footwear such as wellington boots or walking boots. Trainers can be worn unless they are not waterproof. These should be in a plastic bag as they will get wet and/or dirty during the sessions
- Long sleeved top – it is important that children have long sleeves even in warm weather as this is a layer of protection
- Jumper/sweatshirt in colder weather
- Long trousers – not jeans as these become uncomfortable and can reduce body temperature if they get wet. Again, long bottoms are a requirement even in warm weather as this is a layer of protection
- Waterproofs – waterproof coat and if possible waterproof trousers as well
- A woolly hat and scarf are advised in colder weather, while a sun hat and sun cream are advised in warmer weather.
How you can help: We are seeking donations of the following items to help supplement our resources:
- Old roasting tins
- Garden kneeling pads
- Gardening gloves of different sizes
During the school year there may be times where extra hands are needed to work on the grounds. In these cases information will be sent out and all help will be greatly received.
Forest School Handbook 2019-2020.pdf